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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 9/4 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on September 04, 2015, 09:12:18 AM »
THEME:   phrases in phrases
Affectionate moniker for a holy river?  OUR GANGES [Our Gang comedies]   
Highlights of the hippo ballet…   JUMBO JETES [jumbo jet]   
High court delivery   LOB [tennis court]   
Port array   DOCKS [not wine tasting]   
It contains diamonds  DECK [of cards]   
Plant manager's domain   GARDEN   
Fall setting   EDEN   
Found the right words for, maybe   EDITED [glad for "maybe" since I've had editors who found the wrong words for the right words]   
Cabeza across the Pyrenees   TETE [but not across the English Channel]   
1960's educational experiment   NEW MATH [except it wasn't an experiment, it was fiat by mathematics educators [sic] --- same with Common Core: if they were in fact experiments on a test group, they would have demonstrated no improvement and saved a lot of kids a lot of trouble]  >:(   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 9/3 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 03, 2015, 09:15:49 PM »
The 16th-century Old English word dudde meant "clothing." The word eventually became "duds" and began to be used in reference to only men's clothing. In the 1870s, the word "dude" became a synonym for "man," especially a man from the east who lived in a western town and dressed in "city clothes." And then came dude ranches.....

I have no idea how "Dude!" began to be used as an interjection expressing surprise or disbelief. I also can't explain why people exclaim "Oh, man!" but never say "Oh, woman!"
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 9/3 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on September 03, 2015, 08:50:44 AM »
THEME:   words and phrases that are related to HOOD
Hood site   SHERWOOD FOREST [that's Robin Hood's stomping grounds]   
Standing order? PLEASE RISE[one gets the feeling that in a courtroom it's a polite order]   
Wave maker   PERM [that's hair, not the hirsute Donald Trump]   
"Dude!"   OH MAN [I can see no way these two expressions can be used interchangeably]   
Like Kung Pao chicken  SPICY HOT [the way I see it, the chicken can be spicy but not hot, or it can simply be hot: spicy hot would be redundant --- but I may have seen this in ads or menus]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Software / Technical / Re: online acrostics?
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 02, 2015, 05:58:48 PM »
Do you mean you working the puzzles online...or sending them to other people so they can work the puzzles online? Crossword Express offers acrostic construction software. The puzzles can be printed or sent to a PDF file. You can also work them on your own lil' computer screen and I assume you would also be able to copy them and e-mail them to others.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 9/2 Ed Sessa
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 02, 2015, 04:03:05 PM »
Another Jack with a four-letter last name is Jack Ross, a Seattle-born comedian who had a top-20 hit in 1962 with Cinderella. I had a copy of the record but my junior-high speech teacher heard it and loved it so I gave it to him. The spoken-word recording was filled with Spoonerisms. It was the tale of Rindercella and her Two Sisty Uglers and the Gairy Fodmother and the Prandsome Hince. The Rindercella tale was also recorded by Hee-Haw regular Archie Campbell.

I had a jack-in-the-box when I was a child. It played Pop Goes The Weasel. Did anyone have a jack-in-the-box that played a different tune? Why is it always Pop Goes The Weasel? And why is the character always named "Jack"? (Excluding the Charlie-In-The-Box "misfit toy" in the animated Rudolph tv special, of course.)
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 9/2 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on September 02, 2015, 08:49:52 AM »
THEME:   famous men with the name Jack are spelled in a 4-word block in the grid
…toy with a crank {& theme}   JACK IN THE BOX   
Flier among hangers   MOTH [not hangars]   
People working for People, briefly   EDS [editors of the mag]   
Nueve menos uno   OCHO [should've gone with "___ Rios"]   
Yours, in Toulouse   A TOI [should gone with "From A ___: or one to nine"]   
_____ husky   ALASKAN [in the AKC it's malamute with "Alaskan" and Siberian with husky; Alaskan husky is not a "recognized" breed (boo) --- but they exist]   
I notice that Ed has brought us to his youth.  The following answers refer to people and things over a half century old:   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
actually - - here is the specific error received when using Internet Explorer:

This error (HTTP 403 Forbidden) means that Internet Explorer was able to connect to the website, but it does not have permission to view the webpage.

For more information about HTTP errors, see Help.
General Support / Solution - How to access the NYTimes crossword through Cruciverb?
« Last post by dorothyking63 on September 01, 2015, 04:51:40 PM »
Hey all,
Kevin, our admin, already addressed this issue and posted it in January 2015...... but, I cannot find that post.
I am hoping he'll be gracious enough to repost the solution here under this new Forum that new users might find the solution simply?

or,,,,, can anyone share where the older post is located, please?
Thanks in advance.
hmmmm, gonna try using a message icon to see if that works better. 
Today's Puzzles / O no, it's the August 31 crosswords!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 31, 2015, 04:12:03 PM »
Four famous people with a palindromic last name appear in today's Daily News crossword by D. Scott Nichols and Zhouqin Burnikel. Zhouqin, who usually calls herself C.C., was born in China and came to the United States in 2001. Since 2008, she has maintained the Los Angeles Times' Crossword Corner blog:

The palindromic names: YOKOONO, DARRYLHANNAH, MONICASELES and 1997-2004 CIA director GEORGETENET.

The theme of Janice Luttrell's Los Angeles Times crossword is TAILEND ("Caboose locale"). The first word of each theme answer can follow TAIL: GATEKEEPER, PIPEDREAM, SPINDOCTOR and WINDCHIME.

"Toy on a string" was KITE. Is a kite really a "toy"? I'm not sure. And "Uncle!" was the clue for IGIVE. When someone is surrendering to an attacker, why does he holler "Uncle"? According to the World Wide Words site, the expression derived from a joke first published in 1891. A man's niece gave him a talking parrot. The bird refused to say "Uncle" when commanded and the man wrung its neck. The parrot survived and began wringing the necks of other birds who refused to say "Uncle."

Speaking of's Universal crossword includes a punny statement divided into three llines:


"Uncle! Uncle!" :)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 31, 2015, 09:11:33 AM »
Good man!
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