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Today's Puzzles / Merry Christmas and Good-bye
« Last post by magus on December 25, 2015, 09:20:39 AM »
I completed the puzzle today, but as I did, a few things that have consistently annoyed me began to weigh more heavily than usual.     
        1. Of course, the puzzle ignored our great national holiday; but it was also the worst puzzle of the year, somewhat challenging but meaningless with a clever theme so covert I am sure few if any noticed.  Nothing in it gave me pleasure.
        2. The LAT supports the deconstruction of the traditions of the vast majority to favor a minority, albeit a powerful one.
        3. By commenting daily I have lent some support to the LAT.

   
From the time I began a few years ago, the daily readership, although small, has about doubled.  I know that for some it has been part of their daily routines --- a quick peek at what a solver of the same puzzle noticed or thought about.  To them I am sorry I am no longer interested in the LAT because it continues to disappoint. 

But to everyone, I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   
   
Magus   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 24, 2015, 02:35:30 PM »
I agree that the expression "No fair" is colloquial. It should be "Not fair".....unless you're saying that, due to budget cuts, no fair will be held this year.

For "One with deck skills," I wrote CARDSHARP and later realized that there is no such thing as a "parate chop" so I had to change CARDSHARP to CARDSHARK. Good ol' Wikipedia gives the etymology of the terms. "Card sharp" predates "Card shark." Both terms are negative.....or perhaps both terms are positive.....or perhaps one is negative and one is positive.....or.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_sharp
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by rbe on December 24, 2015, 12:52:57 PM »
The theme answer is 57 across: WRAPITUP.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by magus on December 24, 2015, 09:49:37 AM »
THEME:   items that can be gift wrapped
   
GOOD ONES:     
Gift counter request {& theme}    WRAP IT UP   
Take-out order?   DELE   
Some Millers   LITES [note cap M]   
Safe to bolt down?   EDIBLE [Safe is an adjective here, not a noun]   
Stocking stuffers?   BARE FEET   
   
BTW:   
Theme answer, CARD SHARK, suggests cards are gift wrapped, but they are not --- what am I missing?   
   
Friend, in Haiti   AMIE [but not in Salt Lake City]

Him, to Jacques  LUI [but not to Jack]   
   
If the colloquial NO FAIR is used, "Shot spot" could have been ASS as easily as ARM [I had the A and I was unsure ARM was correct].   
   
   
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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General Support / Re: Kevin McCann, Your Email Doesn't Work
« Last post by admin on December 24, 2015, 01:25:12 AM »
Interesting. Can you try again?

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General Support / Re: Here we go again...
« Last post by admin on December 24, 2015, 01:22:52 AM »
Why do you feel you need to be rude?
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General Support / Here we go again...
« Last post by Kolohe61 on December 23, 2015, 04:32:31 PM »
LA Times, where is it?
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 12/23 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on December 23, 2015, 07:58:40 AM »
THEME:   EYE added to an ordinary phrase yet can modify one or both of the phrase's words
   
GOOD ONES:     
Web site   ATTIC [where spiders build real webs]   
Like some matters of the heart?   AORTAL   
Make a lasting impression?   ETCH   
   
BTW:   
Lexus competitor   ACURA [not sure Lexus owners would appreciate the comparison]   
   
Smartphone message   TEXT [still think what makes a phone smart is its ability to transmit the spoken voice; text not so much --- but then I don't text, tweet, or toot]   
   
   
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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General Support / Not able to access the puzzle today
« Last post by Joyceegg on December 22, 2015, 09:12:05 AM »
After going through the usual steps a screen appears that says the dreaded 'file doesn't exist'
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Today's Puzzles / The December 21 crossword soots me fine
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 21, 2015, 03:20:35 PM »
Joel Mackerry's Los Angeles Times crossword today includes

Boasting, metaphorically: BLOWINGSMOKE
Accidental attack on allied forces: FRIENDLYFIRE
Former lovers: OLDFLAMES

"Seasonal visitor who'd appreciate being warned about the ends" of those phrases is SANTACLAUS. Folk legends in several European countries told of elves or fairies who would bring gifts by flying down chimneys. Saint Nicholas was originally depicted as an elf who would toss coins into homes, either through open windows or down the chimneys. Santa Claus, carrying a bag filled with gifts, now enters homes via the chimney.....but wouldn't the front door be much easier? And now, for your amazement and amusement, here is a cute video for the Sid Winkler Trio's Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryqzck2f184

Jim Holland's Daily News crossword includes three answers which begin with consecutive letters:

Carrier to Amsterdam: KLMAIRLINES
David Muir...or Peter Jennings, once: ABCANCHOR
Diplomatic contretemps during John Adams' administration: XYZAFFAIR

"Tic-tac-toe win," and a hint to the beginning of those phrases, is THREEINAROW.

The XYZ Affair was a 1797-98 conflict between the United States and France. President Adams sent three men to negotiate a peace treaty with France. Their failure resulted in an undeclared war. Adams released all the related correspondence but he replaced the names of three French diplomats with the initials X, Y and Z. In 1800, the Treaty of Montefortaine established peace between the two nations.

http://www.john-adams-heritage.com/the-xyz-affair/

This crossword also includes ARLO, clued with "The good dinosaur in Pixar's The Good Dinosaur." It's nice to have a clue for ARLO which doesn't refer to 1970s folk singer Arlo Guthrie.....but The Good Dinosaur has been in theaters for three and a half weeks and still has not grossed $100,000,000. It will certainly be Pixar's lowest-grossing film. However, next summer's Finding Dory might wind up being Pixar's highest-grossing film. We shall see. "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming....."

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/production-company/Pixar
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