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Author Topic: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin  (Read 1827 times)


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Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:55:23 AM »
THEME:   AR subtracted from a word in a phrase
Noble gas {& theme}  ARGON [ar gone]   
Shirt that hardly covers anything?   MINIMALIST T [minimalist art]   
Ruckus at a coven?   BROOM BRAWL [barroom brawl]   
What Rudolph used to be called   NAMES [I thought there was some story I knew nothing about]   
Part of a team observation   NO I ["There's no I in team"]   
Digital filer's target   TOENAIL [not IRS filer]   
Stands by an artist   EASELS [not Gertrude Stein]   
Counter man   GEIGER   
Margarita condimento   SAL [not used enough by English speakers to mean salt, but there's "My Gal ___"; or ___ Mineo; or ___ "the Barber" Maglie; even "What Dali's American friends called him, maybe."   
Noon in Paris   MIDI [but not in London]   
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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Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2014, 02:58:31 PM »
Today's puzzle included the all-too-familiar words ALOHA, ALPS, OAT and ORE and the all-too-familiar names of Brian ENO and OREL Hershiser...but it also included the seldom-seen names of LEONA Lewis, LEORA Arrowsmith (a character in a Sinclair Lewis novel), LeRoy NIEMAN and WILMA Rudolph. Now I'm wondering: Has anyone ever constructed a puzzle in which every answer is someone's name? If not, somebody should make one!


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Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2014, 04:11:11 PM »
There is a puzzle (linked below) by Joe Krozel, where all the Across answers are people's names. Not sure if there is a puzzle that also does this with the Downs, but I'd say it's a bit unlikely.


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Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2014, 06:33:05 PM »
Wow, I'm impressed! Thank you for posting that! Yeah, I imagine a puzzle with names both directions would be almost impossible without resorting to obscure names such as VLORT ("Warsaw munitions factory worker") and TYSHA ("Hair salon employee in Biloxi"). If there really is a Vlort in Warsaw and a Tysha in Biloxi, I apologize.

The bi-weekly Christian newspaper Sword Of The Lord publishes crosswords that are filled exclusively with words appearing in Bible verses. Of course there are many thousands of such words. There are many millions of names...but are there enough common ones to fill more than one puzzle? 


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