Constructing => General Discussion => Topic started by: EdS on October 21, 2009, 03:00:17 PM

Title: Theme hint entry
Post by: EdS on October 21, 2009, 03:00:17 PM
I'm working on a four entry themed puzzle in which the first word of each entry has a common name associated with each. With some thought I think most if not all solvers can come up with the connecting theme. Is it usually preferable to include say a "pointer" entry eg. in the SE and would you feel most editors would expect that type of entry (it would be a 5-letter word). I'd rather do without it as it makes for a nicer grid fill and allows for some solver's thought, but am not sure.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Title: Re: Theme hint entry
Post by: phil_m99 on October 21, 2009, 06:16:24 PM
It's better to have the helper, because it could be a deal-breaker if the editor doesn't think the theme is obvious after the solve.  Generally helpers are in the South, and Southeast seems to be preferable. 
Title: Re: Theme hint entry
Post by: max104 on October 22, 2009, 06:01:59 PM
If you use the helper entry, be sure to mention to the editor that you've included it. I've also noted some alternate fill for the SE section in the event a helper wasn't preferred. Depending on your helper entry, changing a couple letters could provide a quick fix.