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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 1/31 Ned White
« Last post by magus on January 31, 2015, 09:17:24 AM »
THEME:   Signs (I guess)
15-letter answers intersect in grid's center:  CLICK IT OR TICKET and USE INDOOR VOICES   
{theme}   SIGNS and THE RULES   
Adams who shot El Capitan   ANSEL [photographer] [love this one]   
Been to a great many schools but never saw a sign about "indoor voices"; but I was limited to schools in Metro NY & NJ   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Support / Re: NYTimes link doesn't work for me...
« Last post by admin on January 31, 2015, 08:45:24 AM »
Same problem. A file downloads with the name "daily-2015-01-25.puz" but it is corrupted. This has been happening all week. Does anyone ever have an answer for these complaints?

Yes. Please read my answer to the other posts.
General Support / Re: LA Times link not working again
« Last post by admin on January 31, 2015, 08:44:40 AM »
Maybe give the responsibility of posting this to someone who cares enough to do it regularly?

I do care. But when I'm having major health issues s*** happens. Or doesn't happen.

Doesn't Cruciverb answer any of these issues?

It does when he (yours truly) is not having serious health problems, which was also the reason for the puzzles not getting posted.

Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 1/30 Paolo Pasco
« Last post by richochez on January 30, 2015, 01:44:49 PM »
Not sure why, but I thought it was pretty cool that the co-author managed to get his own name in as an answer (15 across)
General Discussion / Re: unable to open NYT crossword
« Last post by admin on January 30, 2015, 01:26:03 PM »
Do you have Across Lite installed?

General Discussion / Re: Puzzle database updates?
« Last post by admin on January 30, 2015, 01:25:22 PM »

I have had health and personal issues over the last few months. I will be updating the database starting this weekend. It may take some time to get caught up. Identifying theme entries, as well as unusable entries for word lists, is time consuming. Hang in there!

Today's Puzzles / Fri., 1/30 Paolo Pasco
« Last post by magus on January 30, 2015, 09:59:26 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is spelled backwards but the word BACK is missing
Deep-sea creature, literally   PMUH WHALE [humpback whale: four other theme entries are as clever]   
Rock blasters   AMPS [I thought TNT'S]   
Apple variety   IMAC   
Goal for a runner   SEAT [politico]   
Goes out for a bit?   NAPS   
Unpopular spots   ACNE   
Fire proof   ASH [two words]   
Big brass   TUBAS [not generals]   
Blockhead   SCHMO [that's a moldy oldy]   
Michael Jackson, e.g.   ROCK ICON [an icon is properly a picture of an important person or thing;  MJ was an idol.  Marilyn Monroe's dress being blown from below is an icon; she was an idol]   
Odd that The Seven Per Cent Solution entry abuts another Sherlock Holmes entry, well, maybe not so odd as the game may be afoot.   
Really, really cool   EPIC [first and only time I heard this meaning of epic was in 1992 when k.d. lang said same of Roy Orbison's lyrics --- not that I remember the date; it's from Black and White Night CD recorded then]   
Enero, no matter the Spanish clue, is not legit.   
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., 1/29 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 29, 2015, 05:11:02 PM »
I haven't heard DEAR used as a synonym for "expensive" since 1967, when Paul McCartney sang, "Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight if it's not too dear" (When I'm Sixty-Four).

And yes, CLEAVE can mean "adhere" or its opposite, just as DUST can mean to apply dust or to remove dust. And then there's FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE, which can somehow be synonyms.

Recently I've noticed quite a few puzzles containing several individual black squares which are not connected to any other black squares, not even diagonally. A new trend in puzzlecrafting?
Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Instability
« Last post by mmcbs on January 29, 2015, 12:55:09 PM »
I would just like to add to Stickler's good advice that I have had a few problems with Crossword Compiler and have found that the customer support has been very good - quick response to emails. Be sure you try that if you continue to have troubles.
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