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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/14 Dan Margolis
« Last post by magus on October 14, 2015, 09:22:20 AM »
THEME:   puns based on city names (I don't groan; I giggle]
Result of a Czech checkup?   PRAGUENOSIS   
South Korean sailors?   SEOULMATES   
Body work, briefly   TAT [would "Brief Body Work" be legit?]   
It's on the house   ROOF   
Western movie star?   BADGE [does it need the ?]   
Big Mack   SEMI [note spelling]   
Cartoon maker of explosive tennis balls   ACME [finally a cartoon reference I appeciate: The Roadrunner, reflective of Hamlet's "Tis the sport to see the enginer hoist by his own petar." Meaning blown up by his own bomb.]   
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   
Today's Puzzles / October 13: Pretty Good Puzzle Grid
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 13, 2015, 04:16:56 PM »
Jacob Stulberg's crossword in today's Daily News uses the clue "Somewhat family-friendly" for PGTHIRTEEN. Thirteen words and phrases include PG. Among them are PGA, MPG, CAPGUN, CAMPGROUND, SWAMPGAS, STOPGAP, PINUPGIRL, KEEPGOING and CRAPGAMES. And is it just coincidental that the PG-13 puzzle was published on October 13? I wonder.

The Universal crossword includes three A-H phrases: ACHILLESHEEL, AUDREYHEPBURN and AIRPLANEHEADING. Amazing, huh?

Mike Peluso's Los Angeles Times crossword includes MORTALENEMY, FATALERROR, SMARTALECK and Canadian-born actress RUTALEE. (Her real last name is Kilmonis; her parents came from Lithuania.) "Truth known only to a few" is INSIDESTORY. Hidden in each of those four answers is TALE.

And now we're all wondering where the term "smart-aleck" came from, right? If not, please start wondering now. I'll wait.

Okay, according to Gerald Cohn's 1985 book Studies In Slang, the term is a corruption of "smart Alex," a nickname given by New York City police in the 1840s to Alex Hoag, a pimp, thief and con man.

Today's Puzzles / Par for the course: The October 12 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 12, 2015, 03:54:07 PM »
Paula Gamache's crossword in today's Daily News includes

They lead to garages: DRIVEWAYS
Tool for moving hay: PITCHFORK
Slow motorboats, informally: PUTTPUTTS
Pressed recycled paper used for notepad backing: CHIPBOARD

"Having debts...or where to find a golf ball after the starts" of those words: INTHEHOLE.

"Team motivator" is RAH. Having never played on a team outside of junior high and high school, I can not say for certain but I wouldn't think that athletes would feel any extra motivation after hearing a crowd yell "Rah!" They should be motivated before going out on the playing field. A rah-rah chant likely will be of no benefit. Similarly, a crowd yelling "Charge!" after hearing a recording of a cavalry call played on a bugle is not going to improve the batter's ability to get a hit.

The Los Angeles Times crossword by Ron Toth and C.C. Burnikel includes CLUTCHPURSE, GRABBAG, SEIZETHEDAY and SQUEEZEBUNT. "Warning in a roller coaster," and a hint to the first words of those answers, is HANGONTIGHT. Brand names used to be taboo in crosswords. This one has seven: COTY, EGGO, DEPOT ("Home ___: Lowe's rival"), PABST, PURINA, SANKA and SIRI ("'What can I help you with?' iPhone app").

The Universal crossword often includes one particular word (or a homonym) four times. Today's has LOBSTERROLL, ROLLTOPDESK, ROLEPLAYING and ASSUMEAROLE. And with that, it is time for me to roll. See ya!
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 12, 2015, 03:27:35 PM »
Speaking of which.....

During an interview which aired on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes yesterday, Obama was asked if he thought he would win re-election if the Constitution allowed him to seek a third term. His unequivocal answer was "Yes."
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by magus on October 12, 2015, 08:53:46 AM »
The President is yessed to death.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 11, 2015, 10:58:56 PM »
The site says YESSED has appeared in 12 crosswords, including today's. The clue today was "Agreed with." Other puzzles have used "Okayed" or "Green-lighted." But since when has "yes" been a verb?
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by magus on October 11, 2015, 10:13:20 AM »
THEME:   /A/ sound substituted for a normal vowel sound in a phrase
Go flat?   LIE [as in recline]   
It may be gray   AREA   
Maniacal leader?   EGO-   [not Putin]
Bangkok bread   BAHT [what they spend, not eat]   
Quakers in the forest?   ASPENS [the trees quake, I guess]   
Darling girl   WENDY [from Peter Pan whose last name was Darling, and she was]   
Beach shade   TAN [not the shade from an umbrella]   
It means nothing at all   NIL [not the illicit affair]   
Turns up at home?   AT BATS [the jargon is "turns at the plate"]   
Older partner, hopefully   WISER [as in the sadly eschewed concept of "older and wiser"]   
Hot rod   SPIT [at times]   
Persian plaint   MEW [the cat not the cat (man or dudeā€¦)]   
Aversion therapy  HATE DETECTOR [I don't believe there is a "height" detector]   
"The View" alum Joy   BEHAR [I do believe she has returned]   
Emulate the Piper   DERAT [I don't believe this is a word]   
Breed of dog?   SLY [as in "sly dog," but he isn't bred and doesn't "breed true" as does my standard poodle, who would be stumped by the breeding process I am sure]   
SEIS and DONDE are Spanish only.   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 10/10 Bruce Venzke
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 10, 2015, 03:47:40 PM »
I, too, was puzzled by the use of AND as a "word between two ages." All I could think of is that it refers to comments such as "I have three kids between the ages of 8 and 13." And then I started questioning that sentence. Wouldn't "between" the ages of 8 and 13 technically refer to the ages 9 through 12?

"Eroded" is ATEAWAYAT. Why is the "at" necessary? It seems to me that "ate away" or even just "ate" would suffice. And OLEO also appears in today's Glendale News-Press crossword.....along with our old familiar (and edible) friend OREO.

Kool Moe Dee placed only two songs on the Billboard Hot 100: Go See The Doctor reached #89 in 1987 and Wild Wild West got to #62 in 1988. Kool & The Gang, led by Robert "Kool" Bell, had 11 top-ten hits. The clue for KOOL should have referenced the band instead of the rapper. Kool Moe Dee's real name is Mohandas DeWese. "Moe" and "Dee"---get it?
General Discussion / Responding to NYT
« Last post by pleaselose on October 10, 2015, 01:12:00 PM »
I recently received a response for NYT concerning a crossword submission (rejection with notes for how to potentially turn it into an acceptance).  Is it taboo to respond or ask questions?  I don't want to overstep any boundaries or send an email into the void waiting for a response that might not come.
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 10/10 Bruce Venzke
« Last post by magus on October 10, 2015, 09:36:29 AM »
THEME:   none, but a 15-letter word crossing center grid
House adjustment   REAPPORTIONMENT [House of Reps.]   
Spread on the table   OLEO [wonder if it's still used as a table spread --- or if it's just spread all over a greasy table]   
Group of fathers   PRIESTHOOD [hard to call a priest in his 20's Father]   
Misses at many bullfights   SENORITAS [I'm such a wuss I feel sorry for the poor animal]   
Initiates detailed plans  SETS A DATE [too far afield: setting the date most often does not initiate detailed plans; hence, TBA.  "Adds to detailed plans" makes sense.]   
Lake Placid Gold medalist   SONJA [needs last name Heine; would Bob be satisfactory for "Decathlon winner"? (Mathias)]   
Rapper ___ Moe Dee   KOOL [while I admit to liking some rap songs, I wish, in our efforts to be "inclusive," we had no references to the attavistic genre since most of it is trash catering to the lowest common denominator.  Why support it even minimally in Xwords, and why not use KOOL as part of a brand name?]   
Don't disturb   LET BE [reminds me of the Wallace Stevens line in "The Emperor of Ice Cream"]   
ESTAS no es englais.   
Flared dress shape   A-LINE   [Maybe Hillary ought to try one of these instead of those tiresome pants suits --- come to think of it I'd rather see her look as tedious as she really is. Okay, Carly looks like the Wicked Witch of the East.]   
Word between two ages   AND [I'm sure I'm missing something as this makes no sense to me]   
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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