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General Discussion / Re: Puzzle database updates?
« Last post by admin on January 30, 2015, 01:25:22 PM »
Hi,

I have had health and personal issues over the last few months. I will be updating the database starting this weekend. It may take some time to get caught up. Identifying theme entries, as well as unusable entries for word lists, is time consuming. Hang in there!

-Kevin
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 1/30 Paolo Pasco
« Last post by magus on January 30, 2015, 09:59:26 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is spelled backwards but the word BACK is missing
   
GOOD ONES:    
Deep-sea creature, literally   PMUH WHALE [humpback whale: four other theme entries are as clever]   
Rock blasters   AMPS [I thought TNT'S]   
Apple variety   IMAC   
Goal for a runner   SEAT [politico]   
Goes out for a bit?   NAPS   
Unpopular spots   ACNE   
Fire proof   ASH [two words]   
Big brass   TUBAS [not generals]   
   
BTW:   
Blockhead   SCHMO [that's a moldy oldy]   
   
Michael Jackson, e.g.   ROCK ICON [an icon is properly a picture of an important person or thing;  MJ was an idol.  Marilyn Monroe's dress being blown from below is an icon; she was an idol]   
   
Odd that The Seven Per Cent Solution entry abuts another Sherlock Holmes entry, well, maybe not so odd as the game may be afoot.   
   
Really, really cool   EPIC [first and only time I heard this meaning of epic was in 1992 when k.d. lang said same of Roy Orbison's lyrics --- not that I remember the date; it's from Black and White Night CD recorded then]   
   
Enero, no matter the Spanish clue, is not legit.   
   
   
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: Thu., 1/29 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 29, 2015, 05:11:02 PM »
I haven't heard DEAR used as a synonym for "expensive" since 1967, when Paul McCartney sang, "Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight if it's not too dear" (When I'm Sixty-Four).

And yes, CLEAVE can mean "adhere" or its opposite, just as DUST can mean to apply dust or to remove dust. And then there's FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE, which can somehow be synonyms.

Recently I've noticed quite a few puzzles containing several individual black squares which are not connected to any other black squares, not even diagonally. A new trend in puzzlecrafting?
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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Instability
« Last post by mmcbs on January 29, 2015, 12:55:09 PM »
I would just like to add to Stickler's good advice that I have had a few problems with Crossword Compiler and have found that the customer support has been very good - quick response to emails. Be sure you try that if you continue to have troubles.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 1/29 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on January 29, 2015, 09:20:22 AM »
THEME:   the word TEN spans two entries on the same grid row
   
GOOD ONES:     
Question about change {& theme}   CAN YOU BREAK A TEN   
It's about a foot   SHOE   [two ways]
Center of gravity?   VEE   
Traffic stopper?   NARC [drug traffic]   
Bordeaux bean?   TETE   
   
BTW:   
"I won't hurt you"   NICE DOG [in some cases; more often NICE DOG means "Don't hurt me"]   
   
"Wait for me"   STAY HERE [The construction game is to try to find a meaning that does not come immediately to mind.  While that is most fun for individual terms; it seems awkward for phrases.  "Wait for me" mostly suggests "don't lose patience" rather than "stay in one place."]   
   
Cleave   ADHERE [oddly, cleave can mean the opposite]   
   
Wonderful container?   BREAD BIN [while I do not like this clue because I think it's too far afield, the fact is it was good enough to make me immediately think Wonder Bread]   
   
Costing more   DEARER [the last time I heard this meaning of dear was by my grandmother (bilingual immigrant)]   
   
   
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 / Re: Wed., 1/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 28, 2015, 03:54:49 PM »
The answer to "Scott Turow memoir" was ONEL. Okay, but I had no idea who Scott Turow is. Thanks to good ol' Wikipedia, I learned that he's a lawyer and a writer. One L, his first book (1977), is a chronicle of his first year at Harvard Law School. He has written ten mystery novels. And of course he has a website:

http://www.scottturow.com/
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 1/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on January 28, 2015, 08:53:37 AM »
THEME:   the word EDGE is split by a random phrase
   
GOOD ONES:    
Periphery {& theme}   OUTER EDGE   
All hands on deck   CREW [I was thinking orders, not people]   
   
BTW:   
Kitchen add-on?   ETTE [interesting that a kitchenette may itself be considered an add-on, as well as the suffix -ette]   
   
   
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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General Support / Re: LA Times link not working again
« Last post by Greg01748 on January 27, 2015, 07:54:39 PM »
Back up.
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General Discussion / unable to open NYT crossword
« Last post by austin holian on January 27, 2015, 05:47:28 PM »
please help....I am unable to open the NYT crossword after login Curse of the newcomer?? Thanks, Austin Holian
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State Puzzle Project / open NYT crossword
« Last post by austin holian on January 27, 2015, 05:39:39 PM »
please help....I am unable to open NYT crossword after logging in. Curse of a newcomer?? Thnks...Austin Holian
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