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Software / Technical / Re: Quick query regarding Crossword Compiler (Windows 7)
« Last post by orinkh on June 12, 2018, 05:51:13 PM »
Thank you, Mark!
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Today's Puzzles / The spicy June 12 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 12, 2018, 04:59:06 PM »
C.C. Burnikel's crossword today includes six much-overused puzzle answers beginning with the letter A: ADE, AHI, ALI, ALOE, AROMA and AFRO. ("Afro"? In the year 2018? Really?) The crossword also includes four theme answers with circled letters:

Commercial rental property: OFFICESPACE
Beverage-named Denver arena: PEPSICENTER
Area behind velvet ropes, often: VIPSECTION
Former SNL regular known for Sinatra impressions: JOEPISCOPO.

"Curry powder, e.g." is SPICEMIX. Each theme answer contains a mix of the letters in SPICE.

What we call curry powder was created in Great Britain, not India. The most common ingredients are coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek and chili peppers. The name comes from the Tamil kari podi, which means "sauce powder." Kari podi is a traditional relish used in southern India as a topping for rice. Here are two recipes for curry powder:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/46767/mild-curry-powder/

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/homemade-curry-powder-38702

"Favoring relatives in hiring" is NEPOTISM. The word dates from the 17th century and derives from nipote, the Italian word for "nephew." Popes who fathered illegitimate sons referred to them as "nephews" and granted them certain favors and privileges. Entrepeneur magazine has a helpful article for anyone dealing with a favored "nephew" at work:

Five simple ways to handle nepotism in the workplace

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/302245

"So-so grade" is CEE. I have never known any teacher or professor to give a grade of "Cee." Grades are A, B, C, D or F, never "Cee."

And with that comment, I cee I'm done.
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Software / Technical / Re: Quick query regarding Crossword Compiler (Windows 7)
« Last post by mmcbs on June 12, 2018, 02:28:07 PM »
I suspect the demo version, which I believe is not a very robust filler, though it shouldn't hang and require you to kill the program on a regular basis. I am running CC version 10 professional, and almost never have any problems. On  very rare occasions, it has hung up as you described, but I have constructed hundreds of puzzles and this maybe happened a dozen times. These situations could not be replicated. I have never tried another crossword constructor program, and as far as I know the vast majority of constructors use CC (esp. those with Windows).

To get the best performance you need the "professional grid filler" enhancement, which pays for itself when you sell a puzzle.

BTW, don't hesitate to ask the developer info@crossword-compiler.com. He is very responsive.
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Software / Technical / Quick query regarding Crossword Compiler (Windows 7)
« Last post by orinkh on June 12, 2018, 02:18:23 PM »
I'm evaluating several software packages in their demo versions now to decide which to buy. A problem I have with CC is that it often hangs when I attempt to fill: hourglass icon persists, program accepts no commands, and I have to kill it manually (which sometimes results in several access violation errors). Is this a peculiar problem with CC, CC on Windows 7, or just a problem of the demo version? Many thanks.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote part OK?
« Last post by mmcbs on June 12, 2018, 01:23:34 PM »
Constructors' Maxims:

If you don't like it, everyone else will hate it.

When in doubt, out.

Rule of thumb I just made after reflecting again on your question: If you're contemplating using a partial that has never appeared in crosswords, it needs to be something from a very well known phrase or quote.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote part OK?
« Last post by cranberry44 on June 12, 2018, 10:03:59 AM »
I'm not that happy with it either. Thought I'd get a second opinion. Back to the blackboard. Thanks for answering so quickly!
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General Discussion / Re: Quote part OK?
« Last post by mmcbs on June 12, 2018, 09:08:41 AM »
Iffy. On the positive side, RWE is a venerable source for quotes. On the negative side: 1) appears never to have been approved as an entry, and 2) the phrase is not inferable to anyone not already familiar with it (put yourself in the position of the solver faced with that clue - what would you guess?), 3) the usage of the term so far I assume it with the meaning of up to now(?). I honestly think the term is clumsy.
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General Discussion / Quote part OK?
« Last post by cranberry44 on June 12, 2018, 08:55:45 AM »
I would like to use as an entry "fara" (for "far a"). The clue is a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: "A man in debt is
so ____ slave." My question is: Is this OK or does the answer from a quote need to be a more sensible partial,
such as "up to" or "nor be"?   
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General Discussion / Re: Word count for 21 X 21?
« Last post by cranberry44 on June 11, 2018, 10:52:08 AM »
WheW!! Thanks Mark! You've helped me on other questions.
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General Discussion / Re: Word count for 21 X 21?
« Last post by mmcbs on June 11, 2018, 10:17:25 AM »
Yes, that means entries.
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