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Author Topic: Thu., 10/23 Gareth Bain  (Read 1423 times)

magus

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Thu., 10/23 Gareth Bain
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:48:45 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase can precede MOBILE
   
GOOD ONES:    
Vehicular attachment {& theme}   MOBILE   
Storage unit?   SQUARE FOOT [today I think of computer memory before physical storage]   
Nice lady friend   AMIE   
   
BTW:   
Theorize   POSIT [okay, but to theorize is to make a more complete postulation whereas to posit connotes a less formal statement]    
   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   

Thomps2525

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Re: Thu., 10/23 Gareth Bain
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2014, 05:36:56 PM »
In the game of Scrabble, each of the common letters A, E, I, O, R, S and T is worth only one point. The rarer letters J and Q are each worth ten points. The daily crossword puzzle always includes several of each of those seven common letters. Puzzles seldom contain words with a J, Q or X. Scrabble players have a good incentive to form words with high-value letters---namely, they want to win the game. Crossword makers have no such incentive---they're just trying to fill a grid with legitimate words. Thus, I was impressed with today's puzzle because it included every letter of the alphabet except V. I wonder if Gareth Bain realized he used 25 letters. Probably not, or he would certainly have come up with a word that included a V so all 26 letters of the alphabet appeared.

For the second time in a week, the puzzle has 42 black squares. Thirty-two used to be standard, then 36. Forty-two is too many---the grids are starting to look like checkerboards!

 


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