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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/10 Alan DerKazarian
« Last post by magus on January 11, 2015, 09:51:59 AM »
As I have mentioned several times, ETE might be clued "Gam end?"  Alas, I am a voice crying out in the wilderness, not the Magus I had hoped to be.   :'(
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 1/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by magus on January 11, 2015, 09:47:53 AM »
THEME:   intrusive D
   
GOOD ONES:    
Title: D-Activated   
One-way chauffeur?   DRIVER OF NO RETURN   
Required course for stunt performers?   DANGER MANAGEMENT   
Jaguar filler   PETROL   
Bass tail?   OON   
It's a wrap   SARONG [should be "That's a wrap"]   
TV booking agent?   DANNO [from "Book him, Danno" on Miami Vice which reached even someone who never saw the show]   
Phone home?   CRADLE [becoming passe I should think]   
   
BTW:   
Giving rain checks for   OUT OF [basic grammar suggests that an action is not a state of being]   
   
Pre-coll.   EL-HI [not only is there no such thing as EL-HI, there's no such thing as the clue]   
   
Corny cookout plateful   EARS [Really?  What would you say to a plate of ears?]   
   
Selfie, e.g.   SNAP [Nope!  Maybe if you're talking about a gingersnap, but photos are snapshots.]   
   
Etoiles and CIEL are not used.   
   
   
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: Sat., 1/10 Alan DerKazarian
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 10, 2015, 03:19:35 PM »
Several puzzles have clued ETE with "Nice summer." In such cases, Nice is the city in southeast France and not the English word "nice." Today's crossword is the first I've seen with "Nice book." As noted above, the answer is LIVRE. I don't recall ever seeing the English word "nice" among any puzzle's clues. "Nice" is always a reference to the French city. When crossword creators use a French word, they should try to come up with a more original clue. That would be nice. 
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/10 Alan DerKazarian
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 10, 2015, 03:12:32 PM »
I, too, do not like the expression "back in the day." Back in which day? There have been many millions of days! Be specific! For the answer "Ring material" I had the last two letters, ON, and it took me a while to figure out that the word was ONION. I wouldn't refer to an onion as "material."

Today's crossword included AGUA, ELAN, HOLA, LIVRE, NUIT and SRTA. I wonder if crossword creators in France and Mexico use several English words in each day's puzzles and then get complaints from solvers about the inclusion of all the foreign words. It's certainly possible.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 1/10 Alan DerKazarian
« Last post by magus on January 10, 2015, 09:49:52 AM »
THEME:   none, but challenging
   
GOOD ONES:     (only three, but they're excellent)
High tech worker   BOT [that's robot for us older folks, and the worker isn't a person in but of technology]   
Ring material   ONION [ "rings" means onion rings, for us older folks]   
Bottled-up type   GENIE   
   
BTW:   
"Back in the day" is a new expression about old times, usually spoken by people too young to use it.  Anyway, I hate the expression --- probably because I'm old.   
   
"We Three Kings" kings   MAGI [no relation, but the clue would have been better if "trio" were substituted for "kings" since the reference is to the song]   
   
Nice book   LIVRE [would "Nice livre" be a good clue for book?]   
   
   
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: Thu., 1/8 Steve Blais
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 09, 2015, 03:35:15 PM »
Grand Hotel was adapted from Vicki Baum's novel---later made into a play---about a single day's occurrences at the Grand Hotel in Berlin. It starred Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery. It won an Academy Award for best picture and most critics give it a four-star rating but the film is largely a soap opera with several intertwining plots. I think Grand Hotel functions better as a crossword answer than as a movie...but that's just me.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 1/9 Frank Virzi
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 09, 2015, 03:23:22 PM »
Many newspapers, including the Daily News, run the daily NEA crossword. The grid is 13x13 and the answers are usually very common English words. Seldom is there a foreign word or a pop-culture reference. Today's Times crossword goes to the other extreme. Among the answers are references to actors, authors, plays, musicals, movies, movie characters, song titles, a Boer state, a Greek god, an Indian ruler and foreign currency. Friday crosswords are typically more difficult than the Monday-through-Thursday crosswords. I completed today's puzzle easily enough but, with all the semi-obscure references, it resembled a game of Jeopardy!
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 1/9 Frank Virzi
« Last post by magus on January 09, 2015, 09:15:29 AM »
THEME:   spoken phrases with additional endings create new meanings
   
GOOD ONES:     
Tool for putting a Ping-Pong ball into orbit   LAUNCHING PADDLE   
Solo in space   HAN   
   
   
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: Thu., 1/8 Steve Blais
« Last post by crosstive on January 08, 2015, 07:42:44 PM »
"Film in which Garbo said 'I want to be alone'" was GRANDHOTEL. She spoke those words in her role as despondent Russian ballerina Grusinskaya but almost everyone associates the line with Greta Garbo herself. She is quoted in John Bainbridge's 1955 biography Garbo: "I never said I want to be alone. I only said I want to be let alone. There is all the difference."

As usual, it's good to know! Is this movie worth watching?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 1/8 Steve Blais
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 08, 2015, 02:25:57 PM »
"Film in which Garbo said 'I want to be alone'" was GRANDHOTEL. She spoke those words in her role as despondent Russian ballerina Grusinskaya but almost everyone associates the line with Greta Garbo herself. She is quoted in John Bainbridge's 1955 biography Garbo: "I never said I want to be alone. I only said I want to be let alone. There is all the difference."
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