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General Discussion / Re: How to contact Will Shortz?
« Last post by admin on March 24, 2014, 11:53:56 PM »
Some editors are fine with making their email addresses public. Will prefers postal mail for communication with beginner constructors. He receives far more submissions than any other editor, and the postal mail helps reduce the number of sub-par submissions. Once you get the hang of it, and he knows your work, he may give you his email address. (I am not answering on his behalf, this is just what I feel is the case).

-km
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General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by admin on March 24, 2014, 09:21:15 AM »
There was a glitch today due to new security measures put into place late last night. It was corrected by 7:20AM. There have been several other Mondays when the puzzle was not available, and that was just due to me not getting them loaded onto the server in time. I'm trying to get better at that.
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General Support / LAT download not working
« Last post by drdinsmore on March 24, 2014, 08:55:17 AM »
I am periodically unable to download the L.A. Times, always on a Monday. I always D/L early in the morning about 7:00 AM Eastern. Is there a bug in WordPress or maybe a problem with the link which only shows up on Mondays? :-\
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 3/24 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on March 24, 2014, 08:38:47 AM »
THEME:   lilting phrases ending in short A
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sound is a welcome addition to the normal Xword fare.   
   
BTW:   
Run into   MEET [it occurred to me the clue might also have been "Place to run at"]   
   
My obvious xenophobia aside, I have no idea why ADAR, a month in Purim, a holiday even few Jews celebrate, became a legitimate Xword entry.  And of course BESO is out of place in English.  Nearest I can get to it is the song "Besame Mucho."   
   
   
   
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 / Sun., 3/23 Annemarie Brethauer
« Last post by magus on March 23, 2014, 09:45:28 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is "phone-y"   :-[
   
GOOD ONES:     
Where the ends of {theme words} can be found   MOBILE PHONE   
Test in a small room, maybe   TRY ON   
Collar target   FLEA [not a perp]   
Honda, even in reverse   CIVIC [palindrome]   
Ewe's guys   RAMS [y'gotta hear it]   
Fridge juice: Abbr.   ELEC [actually we don't need "Abbr." since we have "Fridge," but we could use a question mark]   
   
BTW:   
Girl o' my heart   PEG [the song is "Peg o'My Heart" --- a Forties song sung by Buddy Clark (among others) and an interesting contrast to "Kool Moe Dee genre"]   
   
"Oh, I give up!"   FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE [another Forties term, this time contrasted with the modern OMG and TMI]    
   
There seemed to be more than the usual "switching the parts of speech" ploy.  For example:  Guard = SENTRY, not the verb which comes to mind first; Platoon reporter = EMBED, not often used as a noun.  Even "Test in a small room" for TRY ON is tricky that way.   
   
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 / Sat., 3/22 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on March 22, 2014, 09:26:26 AM »
THEME:   none; 34 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:     
China from America   LENOX   
Gardner with plots   ERLE   
Where to find Independence Hall?   C-NOTE    
Baker with Grammys   ANITA [odd that EMMYS is also used today]   
   
BTW:   
With Ed's puzzles we always get at least one Italianate and one medical entry.  Today we had AGITA and blood CLOT, but I'm not sure into which category AGITA belongs.   "Gut feeling" could be scientific in the sense of stomach upset or Italian, translating to a state of being emotionally upset or in turmoil.   
   
Never understood the enthusiasm for THE BIG LEBOWSKI, a movie I could not complete --- guess I thought the Lebowski was less than average.   
   
   
   
   
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 / Fri., 3/21 John Guzzetta
« Last post by magus on March 21, 2014, 09:07:50 AM »
THEME:   the word feast is found scrambled in four random phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
no two scrambles are the same   
   
BTW:   
I'm not sure MOVEABLE FEAST is valid.  It is "variable" in that it is not always the same day of the year, but it really can't be moved from its lunar cycle.   
   
Humor that won't offend   TASTEFUL JOKE [again, I'm not sure there really is a tasteful joke; there are only tasteless jokes]   
   
Knucklehead   OAF [knuckleheads are fools; oafs are clumsy --- and I oughtta know]   
   
Thrice due   SEI [Italian, as beautiful as it may be, is inappropriate here.]   
   
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 / Thu., 3/20 Kevin Christian
« Last post by magus on March 20, 2014, 09:15:40 AM »
THEME:   animals whose last names mislead, a clever idea
   
GOOD ONES:    
Avis adjective   RARA   
   
BTW:   
Good to see ERES clued as part of the song title and not as a Spanish part of speech.   
   
Too bad about ETES which might have been clued "Gam endings?"  Maybe someday.   
   
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 Discussion / How to contact Will Shortz?
« Last post by brasarehot on March 19, 2014, 11:50:06 AM »
It says in the NYT submission guidelines that if you do not receive a response from Mr. Shortz after 4 months, feel free to contact him. Are you suppose to contact him by mail? Is there an email address I'm missing somewhere?
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 3/19 Horne & Chen
« Last post by magus on March 19, 2014, 08:57:24 AM »
THEME:    The letter I (or 1) is used in almost all words
   
GOOD ONES:     
Large I built into grid   
Question of choice   WHICH   
Accommodating place   INN   
   
BTW:   
There are at least 8 letter K's.  It will be a long time before that happens again.   
   
OK, now I'm angry!  At 4-Down we get "They, in Tours" to clue the French ILS, but the foreign word was unneeded since it could have as easily been ITS (thus HILT instead of HILL at 12-Across).  This is abject defiance for which, as Mr. Obama says, there will be consequences!  >:(   
   
This is a puzzle more fun in the making than in the solving.  And I'm not sure how many solvers noticed the grid and how many of those noticed all the I's.  This is another act of defiance by the LAT editors who refuse to entitle the puzzles (in this case "The I's Have IT") to aid in seeing the theme.   >:(   
   
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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