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Author Topic: LAT Sat. 11/21 Silk & Peterson  (Read 2796 times)


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LAT Sat. 11/21 Silk & Peterson
« on: November 21, 2009, 09:15:25 AM »
"Deck the Halls" ending    LALALA
Switch magazines, maybe   RELOAD [magazines are often mistakenly called clips]
One often follows a bullet    ITEM [in a bulleted list]

Three less than once    OCHO [in Spanish once means eleven and ocho means eight
Despite my distaste for foreign words in English puzzles, given the cleverness of the clue, I'd go with it, especially given that OCHO is crossed with easy words.  I appreciate that DOS was clued not as "Two in Mexico" but the more clever "Suggested actions."

I have a hunch there is a covert theme, but it is beyond me.  I see SPERM..., DNA..., and BLOOD...; they're related, but AUTO... it's a prefix for an antibody produced in one's own bloodstream.

SITPAT, even if it can be found in some reference or other, is at best outre.  The idiom is "stand pat."

I just realized that there is a tomato in automaton.


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Re: LAT Sat. 11/21 Silk & Peterson
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 02:24:13 PM »
I'm surprised the puzzle was accepted with "sperm" in the grid.


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Re: LAT Sat. 11/21 Silk & Peterson
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009, 11:03:16 AM »
Hi, Rick---

I'm not.  Kids learn about sperms and eggs in school.  I'm reminded of the Victorian practice of putting skirts on furniture to keep the leg (ball and claw feet) from showing.


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