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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 10/30 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 31, 2014, 06:33:22 PM »
Yep, the last few letters of each of the four theme answers could be rearranged to form the names of four capital cities. How do puzzle makers come up with these ideas? Today's puzzle also includes two words that I had never before seen in a crossword: CASHIERS (used as a verb!) and EPICYCLE (which I had to look up---and now I've learned something about Ptolemy and astronomy).

But 42 black squares? 42? For shame!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/31 Doug Peterson
« Last post by richochez on October 31, 2014, 01:44:26 PM »
26 down - a Puck goes into the empty net. The empty net is the goal.  ARGHHH!
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 10/31 Doug Peterson
« Last post by magus on October 31, 2014, 09:12:59 AM »
THEME:   two A's surround a word of a phrase altering its meaning
   
GOOD ONES:    
Smallish batteries {& theme}   AA'S   
Word with barn or storm   DOOR ["barnstorm"]   
In-land link?   LALA ["inland"]   
Trip to see the big game   SAFARI [not Game 7 of the World Series, etc.]   
   
BTW:   
Medea and Athena in the same puzzle?  No rap stars, Star Wars allusions, or video games --- a happy turn of the tide.   

   
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 / Thu., 10/30 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by magus on October 30, 2014, 09:09:58 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is an anagram for a national  capital; hence, CAPITAL LETTERS
   
GOOD ONES:    
Crawled, perhaps   SWAM   
   
BTW:   
I had no idea about what the theme was until after a long while I noticed that MORE is an anagram for Rome, then the rest fell into place.  If I weren't writing this I am certain I would have moved on with my morning.  Hope I saved you the effort.   
   
   
   
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 / Re: Wed., 10/29 Allan E. Parrish
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 29, 2014, 05:40:20 PM »
ALERS and NLERS have appeared in several puzzles recently. Any time one crossword creator decides to include an answer that isn't really a word, other puzzle makers will soon be using it. XER, short for "Generation X'er", is another non-word that is appearing more frequently. I don't even think that "Generation X'er" is a legitimate term.

Today's puzzle referenced the old adminition to "mind your P's and Q's" The expression dates from 1779. In the early days of newspaper publishing, all the type had to be set by hand. A large wooden box with around 50 compartments held all the hundreds of thousands of pieces of type. P's and Q's were in adjacent compartments and a typesetter had to be careful to not confuse a P with a Q and vice-versa. Otherwise we might have wound up with a "crossword quzzle."

And today's puzzle included Roman numerals. This is the 21st century. I do not want to see Roman numerals in crosswords. I don't want to see them in copyright data either. Or chapters of a book. Or Super Bowl names. Or titles of movie sequels. Or albums by Chicago. Or.....
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General Discussion / My new crossword blog
« Last post by Jon-O on October 29, 2014, 02:19:11 PM »
Hi Cruciverb,

I thought I'd share a link here to my new blog, wherein I will post crosswords that I have constructed.  I intend to update every Wednesday with a new crossword puzzle. 

http://jon-o.blogspot.com/

- Jonathan
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 10/28 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on October 29, 2014, 09:30:25 AM »
tkoonces: Actually, both words of a phrase can precede the word mark.

Thanks, Anne.

Rewind: Apparently Mister magus did not know that Bingo was originally called Beano.

What did you read to make you think I didn't know? (I didn't, but that's besides the point   :)  )
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/29 Allan E. Parrish
« Last post by magus on October 29, 2014, 09:21:54 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase rhymes with "muse" --- but it's a covert theme leaving the uninitiated nescient
   
GOOD ONES:    
Place for private dining?   MESS   
Growing concern?   FARM   
   
BTW:   
Part of 10/29/14   SLASH [more formally it's a virgule]   
   
A's and Jay's   ALERS [I liked the rhyme but ALERS does not exist except in Xwords]   
   
   
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 / Re: Tue., 10/28 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 28, 2014, 05:19:08 PM »
Apparently Mister magus did not know that Bingo was originally called Beano. Well.....I have to admit that I didn't know that either. I found a detailed history of Bingo on a site called Strangelife. Beano was so named because when numbers were drawn, game players would use beans to cover the numbers on their cards.

http://www.strangelife.com/bingodoc/bingohist.html

I recently discovered that the New York Times crosswords appearing in the Los Angeles Daily News are not current. Each day's puzzle is a month old. I have no idea why the Daily News has a 30-day "lag." Anyway, the puzzle in today's paper included SLIPSLOP, clued with "Twaddle." Not only is "twaddle" pretty much archaic, "slipslop" is archaic. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the word dates from around 1675. It originally meant "watery food" and later "shallow talk or writing." The puzzle also includes UNSTOW, clued with "Take out of an overhead bin, say." "Unstow" is not in the dictionary and I don't see how it can even be a legitimate word. I don't think a person could "unstow" something any more than he could unstore, unhide, unplace, unput or unremove something. I insist that the word "unstow" is unfit to be in a crossword.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 10/28 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by ktoonces on October 28, 2014, 02:06:24 PM »
Actually, both words of a phrase can precede the word mark.
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