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January 7, 2010 |
Dan Naddor, a real estate broker who coped with cancer diagnosed five years ago by learning to construct crossword puzzles that were regularly published in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, died Dec. 28 in Newport Beach. He was 53. The cause was complications related to cancer, said his wife, Tracie. The pastime "definitely prolonged his life because he created a bond with a community of people who looked up to him," his wife said. "Everyone knew who he was in the puzzle world.
September 11, 2009
Crossword puzzle: The clue for 31-Across in Thursday's Calendar crossword referred to lieutenants as noncommissioned officers. Lieutenants are commissioned officers.
September 4, 2009 |
By the time the majestically unstable and unfunny "All About Steve" gets to a smudged, bleeding Sandra Bullock delivering a teary soliloquy next to a scared deaf girl in a mineshaft, you might assume a film this bonkers would head straight to the center of the Earth next. Or a moon made of cheese. Someplace woefully unreal, in other words. Hollywood movies preaching nonconformity are rarely a winning proposition, and "All About Steve" is no exception: an eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too exercise that razzes oddballs to no end before nearly martyring its off-kilter heroine to guilt-trip the audience.
June 7, 2009
Where is the Sunday crossword by Sylvia Bursztyn? Please tell me that you haven't eliminated her puzzles, which I have been following for over 20 years. Her puzzles, and those with the late Barry Tunick, are unique and the highlight of the Sunday L.A. Times for me. It was bad enough when you eliminated the stand-alone book section, but please don't touch Bursztyn's puzzles. Carol Perry Redondo Beach Editors' note: Bursztyn is taking some time off, and Merl Reagle is filling in.
November 1, 2008
Merl Reagle's monthly puzzle now appears in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. The next issue appears Nov. 30. New puzzles also appear each week at games.latimes.com.