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Maybe I should get one of those instead since, although the Sun puzzles are very enjoyable, obviously it's Will Shortz who is running the show and editing the puzzles at the contest.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 January 2010 17:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have an LA times book but there's all sorts of weird fill in their puzzles

black betty white (donna rouge), Monday, 25 January 2010 18:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

I generally due all the Across clues first, then all the Down clues, rinse, repeat

oh, really? i start in the NW corner and try to fill it all in, and work my way through the puzzle that way.

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Monday, 25 January 2010 18:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

If it's easy enough, I do it the Jordan way, if it's not I do it the jaymc way.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Did I really type "do" as "due"? Wow.

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

fake jaymc

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

jaymc vote in my movie poll. *throws subpoena at you, runs out*

('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK, I will. I need to think about it carefully, though. Probably this weekend.

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 19:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

I hope they ask about "Live Free Or Die Hard" director Wiseman. I think I've got that one down.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 16:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

In the book I've been going through, that's clued as "Author Deighton" (or similar) in no fewer than three puzzles.

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haha, yeah that's the older version of that clue.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

In your own puzzles I would advise you to clue it "Sweeney Todd's Cariou."

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Steal My Sunshine" band

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

"1-2-3"'s Barry

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

You know something, I think BEQ did it recently with the "Steal My Sunshine" clue.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 18:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Name of my dad

don't call my name, don't call my name, don pardo (donna rouge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 18:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ha, reminds me of Tausig's clue for DOOM: "Game my dad refused to install on our computer in 1993 because it took up 40 megabytes."

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 18:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

i love that clue and it was totally gettable

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Saturday Times was tough this week.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 31 January 2010 00:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

But I loved Merl Reagle's Kindergarten Crime Spree.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 31 January 2010 02:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's just paranoia, but it always seems to me like Times puzzles get harder in the weeks before the tournament.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 February 2010 22:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm in.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 February 2010 05:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Grid today was frightening but the actual puzzle wasn't so bad.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 February 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm in.

Oh hey nice! The three of us should make plans to meet up and say hi.

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Friday, 5 February 2010 14:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sure.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 February 2010 16:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

third = me? (i'm actually kind of regretting signing up for ACPT now but i don't think they do refunds?)

don't call my name, don't call my name, don pardo (donna rouge), Friday, 5 February 2010 18:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think they do actually.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 February 2010 18:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

So, Swedish puzzles on Friday night.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 8 February 2010 21:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

wtf matt gafney in the av club, loki is not a goddess afaik

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 February 2010 16:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

One week and counting.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 13 February 2010 00:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK, today I did last year's puzzles and based on my score came in someplace between Ryan and Brian. So, not too great, but not last place.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 February 2010 21:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Where did you find last year's puzzles?

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Monday, 15 February 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Friend did it the past two years and he had them. I think they mail you a copy after the tournament.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jordan, an old screenname of yours was in the Times puzzle today.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 February 2010 01:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

what was it? i did the puzzle but didn't notice.

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Friday, 19 February 2010 16:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Something about "The Wire"'s Little.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 February 2010 16:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Today's puzzle is impossible. As is to be expected on the Friday before the tournament.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 February 2010 16:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Just got seven emails from Peter Gordon with the beginning of the year puzzles. The man takes care of business.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 February 2010 23:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

wtf matt gafney in the av club, loki is not a goddess afaik

― rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:39 AM (1 week ago)

Maybe an easily confused comics fan -- Loki was in a female body for a few months recently in Marvel continuity.

blow it out your bad-taste hole (WmC), Sunday, 21 February 2010 23:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

jaymc, here is the True Story of the Great Crossword Puzzle Battle between solver and constructor: http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/ring/

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 February 2010 01:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ha, you know what, I think I read that at the time but totally forgot about it. Good to see you again, Ken.

Also: you did pretty well! Or better than me, at any rate.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Monday, 22 February 2010 04:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I was at the bottom of C and you will probably win the D division next year. And you were only a few spots behind me as far as Rookies.

the clones of tldr funkenstein (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

All these years I thought it was "alouette, chantez alouette"

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

What do you do when you have a whole puzzle finished except for 2-3 intersecting answers that are all proper names of people/places that you don't know? I feel like this is where I end up like 25% of the time and it's frustrating because there's no way to "figure out" those answers if you don't know the names of the tennis player or Olympic athlete or Wisconsin lake that they're looking for.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

you bitch about the writer/editor on the internet

max, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I just learned this weekend that there's a name for such an occurrence: it's a violation of the Natick Principle, a term coined by blogger Rex Parker in his review of a Brendan Emmett Quigley puzzle.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

But does n/a constitute 1/4 of the solving public by himself? Maybe he caught a bad break because two out of three of those guys are xword favorites.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

It was the one from the Onion this past week, which was pretty easy but the three I'm missing are: "Wimbledon winner in 1988 and 1990" (I've got ***erg), "Body of water by the University of Wisconsin" (lakemen*ota), and "Family name of twin Olympic skiers Phil and Steve" (mahr*). I just don't know tennis players, skiers, or lakes, I guess.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't feel like any of those are super obscure or hard, probably, it's just frustrating to get that close to being done and then get stuck and have to quit because there's no way to work those out.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink


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