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Software / Technical / Re: Is CrossFire still alive?
« Last post by ahimsa on January 01, 2016, 07:13:23 PM »
Thanks for the update on CrossFire, qwrrty.

I'm still using it on Yosemite so it's good to know it works on the latest OS version.
Today's Puzzles / I have a beef with the December 29 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 29, 2015, 04:53:35 PM »
In today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Mary Lou Guizzo, "'We have the meats' fast-food chain" is ARBYS. Yes, "We have the meats" is a really dumb slogan. Anyway, ARBYS is a "homophonic hint to the six longest puzzle answers," all of which are two-word phrases with the initials RB: ROYALBLUE, RACINGBIKE, ROGERBACON, RODEOBULL, RUSTBUCKET ("Dilapidated ship") and ROOFTOPBAR ("Tavern with a view").

The first Arby's was opened in 1964 in Boardman, Ohio. Many people think the name "Arby" represents "RB" for "roast beef." Indeed, in the 1980s the company's slogan was "America's roast beef, yes sir" (A-r-b-y-s). But the name actually stands for the Raffel Brothers, Forrest and Leroy, who founded the chain. There are now around 3500 Arby's restaurants in the United States and Canada. The chain is jointly owned by Wendy's Restaurants and Roark Capital Group.

The theme of Gary Cee's Daily News crossword is SPINCYCLE ("Washer action") and the four long answers include the letters S, P, I and N in various orders:

1978 Cheech & Chong comedy: UPINSMOKE
Academy Award winner for American Beauty: KEVINSPACEY
Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set on a ship: HMSPINAFORE
Besides Charlie Chaplin, only director on Time's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century: STEVENSPIELBERG

And that may well be the longest clue in crossword puzzle history!

The Universal crossword includes STEPSISTERS, ELEVATORMAN and ESCALATORCLAUSE. What---no phrase beginning with STAIR? An escalator clause, also known as an escalation clause, is a contract stipulation which allows for one person to pass rising costs on to another. It is explained at

And are there any hotels or department stores which still have elevator operators? I can't imagine a hotel owner paying $50,000 a year for someone to stay in an elevator just to push buttons which the guests are perfectly capable of pushing.

Today's NEA crossword has more three-letter words than usual. Among them are the overused words ADE, AIL, ARC, ATE, ESA (not used in English), LEA, ODE and RYE. At least there was no ALE or IRE or SPA. Maybe tomorrow.

I hope everyone has a happy 2016. I would love to see more people posting here. It's simple: You solve a crossword, then you talk about it. Of course nobody has to be as verbose as I am, but.......
Software / Technical / Re: Is CrossFire still alive?
« Last post by qwrrty on December 29, 2015, 03:41:36 PM »
I realize this is an ancient thread, but just in case anyone else runs across this when searching for information about CrossFire on the Mac:

CrossFire does continue to work on the Mac. I am currently using it on OS X 10.11.1 (El Capitan). The most recent CrossFire release is based on Java 6, which requires installing a legacy Java runtime from Apple, but it still works.

The warning " can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer" is the result of Apple allowing by default only apps from registered Apple developers to run. It is easy to work around: when the dialog comes up, you may click the "Open" button to open the app anyway.
General Support / Re: Kevin McCann, Your Email Doesn't Work
« Last post by David Bywaters on December 28, 2015, 11:12:42 AM »
I have tried again, with the same result:

Mail Delivery Subsystem <>
2:23 PM (20 hours ago)
to me
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain by [].

The error that the other server returned was:
454 4.7.0 TLS not available due to local problem
Today's Puzzles / Re: Merry Christmas and Good-bye
« Last post by magus on December 26, 2015, 12:32:30 PM »
Thanks, Steve.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Merry Christmas and Good-bye
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 25, 2015, 04:06:47 PM »
Would this be the same Los Angeles Times which today ran a lengthy column titled "Naughty and nice of 2015"? The "naughty list" included Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is a Christian and believes homosexuality is a sin and refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The "nice list" included the Supreme Court for legalizing same-sex marriage and the state of Nebraska for abolishing the death penalty. I am not surprised that this leftist newspaper would not have a Christmas-themed crossword. I was slightly surprised, however, that the "Naughty and nice" column ended with these words: "Merry Christmas, everybody. Here's hoping that your nice list is a long one."

The crossword included four familiar phrases but with two consonants reversed:

Word game for beginners? SCRABBLELITE
Memoirs of an African river explorer? IWALKTHENILE
Radial destroyed during testing? SACRIFICIALTIRE
Ordinary little insect? STANDARDMITE

But "It starts in juin" as a clue for ETE? The overuse of the French word for "summer" in crossword puzzles is bad enough, and now it's clued with another French word? And the French word AMI was also in the crossword. My wish for everyone is for a happy Christmas.  My wish for crossword creators is that they can find enough English words to fill the grids without having to resort to French, Greek, Latin, Italian, German and Spanish words. My wish for Mister Magus is that he finds another source for crosswords, ones which he will find more challenging. Check out the archived crosswords---easy, medium and difficult---on the website of New York Times puzzle creator Brendan Emmett Quigley. Print them out and have fun!
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by magus on December 25, 2015, 09:27:08 AM »

"Needs no ghost from hell tell us this."

Thank you for stating the obvious and restating what I wrote in green.

Another theme answer is CARD SHARK, and it does not match the others.
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.   
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.....
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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