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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by fkeyeux on April 21, 2018, 04:14:38 PM »
thank you glenn and trauer for sharing...  i understand and yes that is work and i respect that...   thank you
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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by Glenn9999 on April 21, 2018, 01:40:12 PM »
Ditto on what Glenn9999 posted. I've considered writing a Java or other script to automate this, but can't find the time.

The ideal is finding the URL to the data file they use with the applet and then making the PUZ file script (or PUZ if you got code that far to do that) from that.  That's a little beyond me to figure out, mainly for the time it would take to do it.   But if I had the proper link, making the PUZ from it would be pretty easy.   I do have something that will make a script like we post here out of a PUZ file to be able to patch something after the fact, like for adding rebuses to those WSJ files or fixing automation errors.

That said, that's how most all the PUZ files are made that we do download from here and other places - automation in that manner.
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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by japaget on April 21, 2018, 10:29:28 AM »
... and they're BACK!  The .puz files for the LAT puzzles for the past week are now all on-line at cruciverb.com.  :)
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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by trauer1282 on April 21, 2018, 10:18:41 AM »
Ditto on what Glenn9999 posted. I've considered writing a Java or other script to automate this, but can't find the time. In the meantime, there are ways to minimize the work after downloading the pdf from the LA Times site. I've had some success with pointing Internet Explorer at the pdf, selecting all, and copying to Microsoft Word. Then use the replace function there to strip off the blanks in the grid and make the clues into single lines with no line numbers as required for Across Lite. Update the grid with dots and lower case as appropriate, cut/paste to get the required boilerplate, and save the result as plain text. Done this way the transcribing process takes about 5 minutes for a daily puzzle and a little longer for the weekend. Macros in MS Word reduce this further but yes, this process screams for automation!
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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by Glenn9999 on April 20, 2018, 05:19:15 PM »
now that i think of this, where/how are you able to get the puz data?

You mean how we get what we post in here?  Usually by waiting for the regular website release of the puzzle and then typing it all into the script properly.
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Software / Technical / Re: Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by TamaraSJ on April 20, 2018, 04:31:19 PM »
Thank you for your reply. I take your point -- there is no substitute for time and experience! I will look into enhancing the clue database as you suggest. Thanks again.
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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by fkeyeux on April 20, 2018, 04:23:18 PM »
thank you for answering and understood about the workaround you presents

now that i think of this, where/how are you able to get the puz data?
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General Discussion / Re: Rebus clues
« Last post by Hysc on April 20, 2018, 01:56:04 PM »
Good point thanks
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Software / Technical / Re: Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by mmcbs on April 20, 2018, 01:26:41 PM »
There is a feature under the Words menu that you can use to reduce the point score of words used in this puzzle. So if you reduce them by 1 point, you'll see that your next grid when the word shows up as a possible. I did this for a while, but after you've done a lot of puzzles some of the common words get dropped down quite a bit. You can fix this by the word list manager in which you can change all the words with a particular score to some other score.

BTW, I don't use these devices; I find that after you've built a lot of puzzles you get a pretty good feel for what words you've used quite a bit and can avoid them if desired.

Another thing you can do that is similar but relates to clues is that you can add the clues you've used in a particular puzzle to the clue database (adding a date and puzzle details if desired), then when you clue those words next time you can choose the same clue or a different one, whichever makes more sense.
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Software / Technical / Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by TamaraSJ on April 20, 2018, 01:15:53 PM »
Hi! I'm new to Crossword Compiler and to this forum. I'm also not tech-savvy!

I've written several puzzles and would like to make an alphabetical list of the words I have used (trying to avoid excessive repetition), and maybe create my own words list. When I click on "Words" and then "Words and Word Statistics" for a particular puzzle, I get a list of the words used, but there's no means of printing that out, and I don't know how to create a personal words list. I'm sure there's something I'm missing! I would be grateful for any help you can provide.
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