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Sun., 5/5 Jean O'Connor

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magus:
THEME:   common phrases with the final -ER removed yielding odd ones
   
GOOD ONES:     
Oatmeal?   MORNING-PAP   
New member of the faith shaking things up?   CATALYTIC-CONVERT   
Foot pain location?   AROUND-THE-CORN   
Edam?   CHEESE-BURG   
Tired of watching Downton Abbey?   SERIAL-NUMB   
People at the supermarket counter?   MAG [People magazine]   
Drying-out problem   DTS [I thought rot --- alcoholics can get the DT's on withdrawal, or drying out]   
Bee student   SPELLER [I thought apiary]   
Cook, for one: Abbr.   CAPT   
   
BTW:   
Befuddled   ASEA [asea means on the sea; at sea connotes befuddled]   
   
Dwindled alarmingly   RAN-LOW [when our ketchup runs low we hardly feel alarmed  --- perhaps "alarmingly" is there to make it tougher; it did for me]   
   
When did film noir become noir?   
   
OLD-ROSE sounds more like my aunt than a color.   
   
Place for a hog?   ROAD [could be a road hog or a Harley]   
   
Good thinking   HORSE-SENSE [why is good thinking associated with horses, which are not terribly intelligent?]   
   
I am happy to learn that the iron has been replaced by a cat.  Who says the world is going to pot?  ;)   
   
Am I getting dumber or are these puzzles getting harder?    ???
   
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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