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Comment Archives: Stories: Diversions: Crossword Solution

Re: “August 13 crossword solution

I meant to say
While you might look askance because you are LEERY or wary, it does not mean you are LEERing. Am I missing something?

Posted by Alzhammer on 08/18/2014 at 3:34 PM

Re: “August 13 crossword solution

118 down clue "look askance"
118 answer "leer"
Please explain this to me as in my thinking these are contradictory meanings.

I've always thought that to look "askance" was to purposely look AWAY from something (often done in a side-wise manner,) usually because of wariness, distrust or skepticism.
Whereas I've always believed that to "leer" was to purposely look TOWARD something (even if done in a "side-wise" manner), usually because of sexual or malicious intent.
How can you leer at something that you can't see? Why would you look askance of something that you wanted to see?
While you might look askance because you are LEARY, it does not mean you are LEERing. Am I missing something?

Posted by Alzhammer on 08/18/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Dec. 4 crossword solution

This time, we got the following crossword puzzle clue What the Tin Man had that also known as what the Tin Man had 6 letters .

Posted by mrmarkhannan on 12/09/2013 at 8:11 AM

Re: “April 24 crossword solution

I hate being "that person" but FYI it's SaraH Jessica Parker

Posted by Caroline Troullis on 04/24/2013 at 9:52 PM

Re: “April 11 crossword solution

Good point Mojo. Smoke screen comes to mind, and a very tired one at that.

Posted by keviwan on 04/16/2012 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Nov. 2 crossword solution

Well, I got it right but I couldn't believe it because I don't get the colloquy. Can anyone explain it to me?

Posted by Melanie Hopkins on 11/04/2011 at 12:54 AM

Re: “June 1 crossword solution

I have never seen such a terrible crossword in my life. I keep puzzles around until I finish them and, stubbornly don't look up solutions. However, I am posting this in August because I broke down and looked up the solution today. Happy to hear I am not the only one who felt this way about this puzzle

Posted by Alicia Mossey on 08/03/2011 at 12:12 PM

Re: “June 1 crossword solution

Just a clarification: The crossword comes from Tribune Media Services; complaints should be directed at them. Here's the list of contacts:…

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 06/09/2011 at 9:30 AM

Re: “June 1 crossword solution

I also feel this way. I've been learning how to solve crossword puzzles since I was 10. My dad and I would work on them together on Sundays. In college, I would do the crossword in the NCSU technician to pass by time waiting for a bus or time between classes. As an adult the Indy has become my go to crossword puzzle, however in the past six months I've yet to be able to complete a majority of them because of all the obscure clues being well as typos in the clues and extra spaces in the boxes. My goal now isn't to complete your's to "See 10 Down" of the Without a Song puzzle. :/

It's not even fun anymore...

Posted by Melarien on 06/08/2011 at 8:08 AM

Re: “June 1 crossword solution

One of the worst crosswords my wife and I (who have four post-graduate degrees between us) have ever encountered. A meaningless title; a repeated answer ("naps"); ridiculously obscure definitions, including:
- A French sailing term "Englished" (amured)
- A North Korean city that is not among the 10-20 most populous or important in that country (Rashin)
- A variant spelling of a Hebrew letter (ain)
- An alternative definition of a common word (screed) that does not appear in most dictionaries because it is (says the OED) "obsolete except dialectic"
- A Samoan name for a bird identified as Australian (ioa)

I mean: why bother?

Posted by dr ngo on 06/03/2011 at 3:30 PM

Re: “May 18 crossword solution

I don't think you're playing fair. RELEASE does not mean at all what RELENT means; "bridge holdings" of TENACES sounds more like double canasta than like bridge; WATTLES are not GILLS; and TRIENTAL is way too obscure for even the crossword zealot.
You are not alone in this tendency to venture to the edge and over. All crosswords today except beginner-level ones seem determined to include one or two utterly impenetrable corners that can't be illuminated even with Google's help. That doesn't make it okay.
But at least you're not assuming your readers know very little about anything but TV shows, as many crossword publishers, too often including the NYTimes, increasingly do. Thank you greatly for that!

Posted by eatberry on 05/21/2011 at 10:15 PM

Re: “April 27 crossword solution

Spoonerisms are an aural phenomenon. The puzzle constructors have failed to take this into account in the case of "CULLEDMIDER". It should be "SULLEDMIDER". Either that, or they are playing fast and loose with the difference between hard C and soft C.
--end of rant--

Posted by Picayune on 04/28/2011 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Sept. 29 crossword solution

43 down clue is inaccurate.

A pagan is a person who believes in many gods. Other definitions: one who has little or no religion; an irreligious or hedonistic person. There's a big difference between not being religious and not believing.

A nonbeliever is an atheist.

Posted by Berkeley on 10/02/2010 at 1:24 PM

Re: “June 30 crossword solution

American Heritage Dictionary:
Dene: Chiefly British, a sandy tract or dune by the seashore.
Possibly from East Frisian

Posted by Frisian on 09/15/2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “June 30 crossword solution

Okay, folks: what’s a "dene" as a solution for "sand hill"? I think it's supposed to be "dune" (81 across) but "ariels" is the correct spelling for the Arabian gazelles. Linda and Charles?

Posted by timvireo on 07/05/2010 at 10:46 PM

Re: “March 24 crossword solution

arcane nonsense, just like almost every puzzle this year. if the sunday NYT puzzle is easier than the INDY puzzle, there's probably something wrong with the INDY puzzle.

Posted by bangwhistle on 03/27/2010 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Jan. 27 crossword solution

LaVonne- We receive this crossword every week from Tribune Media Services, Inc. That credit is noted below the solution.

Posted by Denise, Indy Editorial Web Director on 02/04/2010 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Jan. 27 crossword solution

I was surprised to see no credit given to Jo Paquin who first published this puzzle in the News and Courier on Sept. 5, 1976

Posted by LaVonne on 02/04/2010 at 12:32 PM

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