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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/4 Marilyn Lieb
« Last post by magus on January 05, 2015, 09:23:07 AM »
Don't know what you guys'r talking about: Sat., Sun.  Everything looks right to me.  :)
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 1/5 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on January 05, 2015, 09:16:43 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase can me modified by FORBIDDEN
   
GOOD ONES:     
none   
   
BTW:   
Groundbreaking sci-fi film … or where you might find the {theme words}   FORBIDDEN PLANET [one cannot find FRUIT, CITY, or LOVE on the planet --- the clue needs to be reworded to say that FORBIDDEN, not PLANET, can be found with those words]   
   
Aspiring therapist's maj.   PSY [maybe this abbreviation can be found in some list or other, but only "psych" is used for the major field]   
   
   
RATING: :'(   
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: Sat., 1/3 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 04, 2015, 05:19:47 PM »
...and I suppose we could include the name of this British alternative rock band: The The.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_The
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/4 Marilyn Lieb
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 04, 2015, 01:26:21 PM »
Some people are still writing "2014" on their checks but I've never heard of anyone writing "Saturday" for "Sunday." (Just joshing with you, Mister magus.)

Merl Reagle is "Dreaming of Hawaii" in today's Los Angeles Times crossword. The theme answers are Hawaii-related puns...and not necessarily good puns: POISCOUT, YIPPEEOAHU, EVERYWHEREAMUUMUU, FRITOLEI ("Hawaiian souvenir made with corn chips?")...but one of the bad puns had a very clever clue. In fact, the clue was the best part of the puzzle: "Hot coal at a Hawaiian cookout? (with apologies to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?)" The answer is LUAUCINDER. Prior to adopting a Muslim name in 1971, the UCLA/Bucks/Lakers basketball star was  known as Lew Alcindor. (He was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.) Luau cinder. Lew Alcindor. Is it too early to nominate that clue for best clue of the year?

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/4 Marilyn Lieb
« Last post by rbe on January 04, 2015, 01:06:24 PM »
Sun.,1/4  ;)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/3 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by magus on January 04, 2015, 10:14:52 AM »
Most I should think still do unless THE is often used with the noun, as in THE MOORS and, of course, THE DEEP, which is a movie.  I believe even THE DEEP referring to the ocean would be acceptable.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 1/4 Marilyn Lieb
« Last post by magus on January 04, 2015, 10:06:11 AM »
THEME:   dropping a consonant from a double changes the meaning of a phrase
   
GOOD ONES:    
Grand Canal?   POLING PLACE [single L in "poling" makes it about boat movement rather than the more familiar "polling place"]   
Providing extra digital support?   TOE TAPING   
Finding a home for an Anaheim team?   SITING DUCKS      
Flowers in pens?   INKS [long O]   
Hole starters   TEE SHOTS   
Skye writing   ERSE [not sure Skye existed when Erse died out]   
   
BTW:   
UTES and OTOE, famous tribes only in Xword, finally crossed paths in a puzzle.   
   
Spares in boots   TYRES [a good one for us Anglophiles: boots are car trunks, and tyres is the way they're spelt there]   
   
Potato often used for fries   RUSSET [but try Yukon gold]   
   
   
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   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/3 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 03, 2015, 02:16:38 PM »
The clue "It can be used to make gin" appeared twice. One answer (referring to the two-player card game) was DISCARDPILE and one answer (referring to the alcoholic beverage) was SLOE. Very clever! I'd love to see more puzzles with duplicate clues.

Today's crossword included THEDEEP and THEMOORS. Lately I've notice the word THE appearing in a lot of puzzle answers. Didn't editors forbid the use of THE at one time?
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 1/3 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by magus on January 03, 2015, 09:50:08 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
Darn things   SEW [I read it first as "darned"]   
Berth place   WHARF   
Farm addition?   STEAD   
Almond relative   ECRU [I thought some nut I never heard of]   
It can be used to make gin   DISCARD PILE [as in gin rummy]   

BTW:   
Snicker follower   SNEE [the expression is "snick or snee"; if the term "snickersnee" is meant, then the clue needs a question mark as in "Farm addition?" at 48-Down]   
   
Tool for making precise crosscuts   MITER SAW [yes, but when I want (not that I always get) precision,  I use a table saw]   
   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D ;D [for a themeless, this was an enjoyable challenge]
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 / Fri., 1/2 John Lampkin
« Last post by magus on January 02, 2015, 09:21:47 AM »
THEME:   phrases reinterpreted as industry leaders
   
GOOD ONES:    
Top orthopedist?   BONEHEAD   
Top dairyman?   CREAM CHEESE   
Top entomologist?   FLYWHEEL   
Top cinematographer?   FILM LEADER   
Puncture opening?   ACU   
Main signal   SOS [took me awhile to see it: main=sea]   
Chances for a walk in the park?   AT BATS [chances in baseball]   
   
BTW:   
It may be told in anger   SECRET [so can anything be told in anger; I can see nothing about a secret that is related to anger]   
   
One may be in your lap {twice used}   FELINE and TOY DOG  [sorry so weak a clue was twice used]:   
   1.  Better than the one above because lap is at times associated with cats and dogs, but to my taste rather far afield.  Really, anything can be in your lap: a kid, a blanket, a girlfriend, even a chair.
   2.  Lap dog is a term, so canine would be better than feline.
   3.  Toy dog isn't what they're called; it's simply toy.  Toy dog sounds like a crossword puzzle gimme.
   
   
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   
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