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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

the lake was a gimme (since i drive past it every day and all), and i guessed on the other vowels. but in general i hate those kinds of crossings.

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

esteemed tennis player johan phlerg

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

i hate this kind of shit, there was something in Sunday's NYT like that

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

Once you are stuck like that you might as well look them up.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Only one I know for sure is the tennis player. I have a guess on the skiers, but that's only because I think I've seen the name in a crossword before. Don't know the lake.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.oneacross.com/

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Tbh, that kind of crossing probably might happen more in a Tausig or a BEQ or, based on what I saw yesterday, a Fireball puzzle than in the Times. Although what sometimes happens to me in one of those big puzzles is there will be a little trainwreck crossing (one crosses the other two) of (1) Proper Name I Don't Know (2) Funky Abbreviation or Unknown Crosswordese(3) Strangely Misspelled Theme Answer, which is probably what got Mr. Que on Sunday.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Then there's the "is that really a word, or just a verb with a suffix attached to make a new noun?" on Saturday.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

tausig & matt jones puzzles are usually pretty tight (and forgiving) imo

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

it was ENISLE and ALERS

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

94A: Strand: ENISLE
91D: Yanks and others ALERS

still don't get the Yanks thing?

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yanks = Yankees = members of the American League = ALers

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

ALers

max, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

ah. gotcha. thanks! sometimes i get so stuck on my first definition of a clue, i can't think of others. in this case i thought ALERS was a collection of people who make/drink beer

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Heh, in that same Rex Parker post I linked to earlier, there was this comment from Joon Pahk about ALER:

one of my earliest puzzles included ALER with the clue [Brewer before 1997, e.g.]. everybody who solved it said 1) ugh, ALER; and 2) what's the 1997 doing in there? they thought i was using ALER to mean one who makes ale.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

except for that Sunday's was pretty satisfying

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ha, jaymc, did anyone mention ALEGAR in that link which I can't see right now?

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, I'm finally used to ALER, but I too hated ENISLE.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

i haven't been following this thread but i have a complaint to crossword creators everywhere:

EMAG and EZINE aren't real words. not even salon editors use them. please stop putting them in your puzzles. thanks

abanana, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

I agree with you about EMAG. However: EZINE is in Webster's.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

loved this week's inkwell, esp. "song they played over and over at this jamaican resort my wife and i went to" and "improve the taste of, generally"

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haven't done it yet, but ha: he just got married in November. Must've been on their honeymoon.

Lusty Mo Frazier (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 21:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

You know something I don't even do Tausig's puzzles that often so I don't know what I'm talking about, maybe I'll sign up for that group and have them emailed.

The Great Rick Roll Swindle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Here's a blog post I wrote about last weekend (purposely not hyperlinked):
www.britannica.com/blogs/2010/02/dispatch-from-the-american-crossword-puzzle-tournament

dylan's craggy larynx (jaymc), Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:46 (4 years ago) Permalink


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