Archive for September, 2017

Brain Power Like You Can’t Believe

Friday, September 29th, 2017:

26A: Whenever “arms” appears in a clue with a question mark, it’s probably signaling weaponry. 30A: Some argue that POI is “crosswordese” since it shows up much more in puzzles than in real life. Either way, clues for these types of answers will become quite vague or trivia-laden later in the week. What other food dish is three letters and ends in I? AHI, you say? Too bad that’s already in the grid at 1A! 31A: This one is just diabolical. “Appropriate game” sounds like “Monopoly suited for the occasion,” but that’s not really a thing. In fact, “appropriate” in […] Read More →

Airports Worldwide Are Hit by Delays After Software Outage

Friday, September 29th, 2017:

Photo Lufthansa said its problems lasted a matter of minutes, resulting in some flight delays but no cancellations. Credit Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters LONDON — Flights were delayed and travelers struggled to check in at airports around the world on Thursday after a software program used by several major airlines went down. The program, known as Altea and developed by a company called Amadeus, encountered problems as a result of what Amadeus called a “network issue.” Altea helps airlines manage customer reservations, including tagging luggage and issuing boarding passes. Amadeus software is used by 189 airlines — including major carriers like British […] Read More →

Israel occupies just 2 percent of West Bank

Friday, September 29th, 2017:

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel raised eyebrows Thursday by saying that Israel occupies a tiny portion of the West Bank — just 2 percent — and that settlements there are part of the Jewish state proper. The comments angered the Palestinians and are at odds with decades of U.S policy in the Mideast. “I think the settlements are part of Israel,” American Ambassador David Friedman said in an interview with the Israeli news site Walla. He refrained from answering when asked if settlements would be removed in a peace agreement with the Palestinians. “They (Israelis) are only […] Read More →

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