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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:11:26 PM »
Dr Pepper, which is flavored mostly with cherry, vanilla and walnut---no prune juice, contrary to popular belief---has been spelled without a period since 1954. The company adopted a new logo that included an "r" which was a straight line and a dot. It looked somewhat like  |° and a period would make the "r" appear to be an "i" and a colon. The period was dropped from the name and it has never been restored. The Dr Pepper logos are shown at
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 4/24 Harald Hornung
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:02:52 PM »
One clue was "Old sitcom redhead." That could be interpreted as either "Old redhead in a sitcom" or as "Redhead in an old sitcom." My first thought was REBA, which has appeared in many puzzles. Then I thought of LUCY. The answer was OPIE. The first five seasons (159 episodes) of The Andy Griffith Show were filmed in black and white. Seasons 6 through 8 (90 episodes) were in color. Ron Howard appeared as Opie in only 209 of the series' 249 episodes. Most of those 209 were black and white and that is why I didn't immediately think of Opie as the "sitcom redhead."

Today's Daily News crossword was challenging. It included four 8-letter answers and six 11-letter answers, including COMEUPPANCE, GRANDNEPHEW and MICKEYMOUSE. It also included OPIE, this time clued as "Mayberry moppet."
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on April 24, 2015, 09:26:22 AM »
Thanks, rbe; odd that the paper omitted them.  But the history of orthography has been shaped by printers and newspaper editors, so maybe change is afoot.
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 4/24 Harald Hornung
« Last post by magus on April 24, 2015, 09:20:06 AM »
THEME:   phrases starting with FOR but which could be read without FOR [most clever]
King's downfall   MATE [in chess; also at times in royalty]   
Balancing aid   EAR [I was sure it was BAR]   
Coat material   PAINT   
Boat propeller   OAR [oldie but goodie]   
Excuse that last jeer?   FORGIVE A HOOT [lack of parallelism: the word "that" is definite, but "a" is indefinite]   
Discovered accidentally    LIT ON [Maybe found in some on-line glossary, but it's not in English… "hit upon" is the term.]   
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., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by rbe on April 24, 2015, 12:35:24 AM »
Org. and No. did have periods in the Across Lite version of the puzzle.
Book Releases / Re: Welcome to the Books Board
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 23, 2015, 08:28:20 PM »
I've often commented on the clever themes and clever clues in Merl Reagle's Sunday Crosswords which appear in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Since it's called a "Sunday Crossword," it makes perfect sense that it would appear on Sunday, right? Anyway, his puzzles have been released in several volumes of books titled---of course---Sunday Crosswords. One hundred twenty of those puzzles have been repackaged in two new books titled The Best Of Sunday Crosswords., Volume 1 was released on October 1, 2014, and Volume 2 came out on April 1, 2015.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 23, 2015, 04:33:43 PM »
The use of WHALE as a verb meaning "to lash, thrash or beat" dates to 1790 and the word may be related to WALE or WEAL but the origin is unclear. There is an essay about the term at:

The name of the IKEA furniture store chain often appears in crosswords but I did not understand today's clue, "Purveyors of many flat packs." I discovered that the term "flat pack" refers to Ikea's "Better Shelter" refugee shelters. One can be erected in four hours and will last for three years. Ikea recently started production of 10,000 shelters for a United Nations refugee agency.

Today's Daily News crossword included four theme answers which could also be volumes of an encyclopedia: BACKTOBASICS, MADETOMEASURE, NEXTTONOTHING AND RAGSTORICHES. Many young people have likely never seen an encyclopedia. Each encyclopedia had several volumes and each volume was identified by its first and last entry. There is an old joke about a teenager who bought a book, only to discover that it was not what he thought it would be. It was an encyclopedia volume titled "HOW to HUG." :)
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on April 23, 2015, 09:01:02 AM »
THEME:   last word of phrase can modify DRAGON
Nice pen   PLUME ["La plume de ma tante…"]   
Spam holders  CANS [not computer debris]   
It's often bought at an island   GAS [islands at a gas station]   
IMAGINE DRAGONS is the key theme clue and would be good if I had heard of that group.   
Church attendees   LAY PEOPLE [I'd have added "mostly" since clerics also attend]   
Place that gave its name to a cat breed   SIAM [the way I see it the cat took the name from the place]   
Org and No appear in my newspaper as part of clues but they lack periods --- is this a new fad, and if so, I say it's not ok --- and that's my ans   
Some unique entries like EMAIL HOAX; WHALING ON; I AM LEGEND; LAY PEOPLE --- in addition to the theme entries.   
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: Wed., 4/22 Mart- DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 22, 2015, 05:28:09 PM »
Today's crossword included LIENEE. I know that the suffix "ee" refers to someone who is the recipient or beneficiary of a specific action, e.g., addressee, honoree and trainee, but I had never heard the word "lienee." It is not in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary but a detailed definition is in the Legal Dictionary:

In 2010, schoolteacher Tony Hearn posted an essay in which he decried the growing trend of creating words ending in "ee." Everyone who reads this essay will be a "reader" and I suppose that will make Tony Hearn a "readee." (Sorry.)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on April 22, 2015, 09:20:47 AM »
Instead of starting a new thread for each day's puzzles, do you think it would be better to have just a single ongoing thread for all the puzzles?

No --- I asked that you use your own format to start a new thread.  On a separate note, you may have realized that after years of doing so I have stopped posting Monday and Tuesday puzzle commentaries because they continue to be designed for newbies and speedsters and not for more experienced solvers.  (This may be your big chance!)
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