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Author Topic: LAT Wed. 12/16 Merl Reagle  (Read 1079 times)


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LAT Wed. 12/16 Merl Reagle
« on: December 17, 2009, 08:51:18 AM »
Bridges of Los Angeles County    JEFF
Shooting Starr  BELLE
Cry that's a laugh backwards   RAH
Slaw and fries   SIDES [as in "sides of beef"?]
Lewis or Lois colleague   CLARK
Henri's conclusion?   ETTA [Henrietta]
Concert finle?    INA [the musical insturment]
Look like a wolf    LEER [don't hear wolf as lecher much anymore, or lecher for that matter --- is there any current word for the guy?  "creep"?]
Queen LATIFAH has three musical words in 7 letters.  Good observation!

Sunrise direction, in Stuttgart   OST

I forgot to post this yesterday --- and it's such a good one!


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Re: LAT Wed. 12/16 Merl Reagle
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 04:10:40 PM »
The story behind Merl Reagle's Wednesday puzzle
A lot of people noticed that the fill in Merl's puzzle yesterday was, well, not as smooth as they might expect. A Roman numeral at 1-Down? E-TAIL and A NET? OST and ACADS? Some baseball player we don't all know?

A man in Philadelphia had gotten in touch with Merl, since Merl's Sunday puzzle runs in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The man's wife CLARA (1-Across) is a big fan of crosswords and she has been battling a tough cancer. The man hoped that a newspaper might run a puzzle with a theme devoted to Clara. That, Merl explained, was not possible
"I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut


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Re: LAT Wed. 12/16 Merl Reagle
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009, 09:26:01 AM »
Thanks, Phil, for that insight.  I enjoyed the puzzle more than most even without knowing its special meaning.  Thanks also to Rich Norris.


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