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General Discussion / Puzzle content needed
« Last post by George Papp on September 20, 2017, 02:14:27 PM »
Hi There,

I am looking to purchase 1600 original American Style crossword puzzles for publication in print in our new crossword series.

Please message me if interested. You can check out some of our titles at https://www.beaverbooks.com/pages/papp-puzzles

Thanks.
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General Support / Pay for puzzles
« Last post by George Papp on September 20, 2017, 11:13:55 AM »
I am looking to buy 1600 finished American style crossword puzzles with solutions for publication in print. We pay a flat price per puzzle. Am I in the right place?

Please message me if you can supply a sample of your work and can work with our editorial team.

thank you.
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General Support / Re: Paypal donation link not working
« Last post by inkpen on September 13, 2017, 03:11:28 PM »
Well I tried again today and it worked this time - go figure. Anyway, all good now!
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General Support / Paypal donation link not working - RESOLVED
« Last post by inkpen on September 12, 2017, 05:34:55 PM »
When I try to donate I get a Paypal screen with the message "Things don't appear to be working at the moment. Please try again later."

A quick Google search indicated that the checkout experience changed on March 29, 2017 and could break some integrations. Could this be the problem?

See https://www.paypal-knowledge.com/infocenter/index?page=content&id=FAQ2067
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Today's Puzzles / The multinational August 31 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 31, 2017, 07:34:50 PM »
David Poole is a mathematician. As a teenager, he began solving crossword puzzles. Then his friends started giving him puzzle books as gifts. Finally his wife suggested he try to create a crossword of his own. He did. Poole's crosswords have been appearing in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times since 2008. His puzzle today includes these puns:

Euros in Rome? ITALIANBREAD
Volleyball players in Dublin? IRISHSETTERS
Number cruncher in New Delhi? INDIANSUMMER
Dance lessons in Madrid? SPANISHSTEPS
Airport inspectors in Beijing? CHINESECHECKERS

Beginning in the early 1700s, bread -- in addition to being a food -- was a symbol of subsistence or livelihood. In the 1930s, "bread" became a slang word for "money." In volleyball, "setting" is a fast maneuver which allows another player to make a spike. Illustrated instructions can be seen at

http://www.wikihow.com/Set-a-Volleyball

"Indian Summer" is a period of unseasonably warm dry weather, usually following a period of colder weather, in late autumn. The first known use of the expression appeared in 1782 in Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur's collection of essays, Letters From An American Farmer: "A severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow, though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer."

The Spanish Steps are not in Spain. They are in Rome, Italy. The 135 steps scale a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti and are named for the Spanish Embassy which sits at the base of the hill. A popular tourist attraction, the steps were cleaned and refurbished in 2016.

https://www.walksofitaly.com/top-attractions/spanish-steps-rome-italy

"Board member" is a clever clue for KING. It refers to a chessboard. "What a shark strikes with" is a clever clue for CUE. It refers to a pool shark or a hustler. It has been many years since brand names were not allowed in crosswords. Today's puzzle includes three: BIC ("Wite-Out maker"), AMANA ("Appliance maker since 1934") and MIATA ("Mazda MX-5, familiarly"). 

Today's puzzle had five clever puns with references to different countries. Kenya think of any others? (Okay, okay -- I'm going now.)
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Today's Puzzles / Reflecting on the August 26 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 26, 2017, 03:53:26 PM »
Mike Buckley's crosswords have been appearing in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times since August 2009. In today's crossword, Buckley clues REDRUM as "Shining example of mirror writing?" Spelled backwards, REDRUM is MURDER -- but that is not an example of mirror writing. It is an example of a word which makes another word when spelled backwards.

Mirror writing is a style of writing in which each letter, word and sentence is in reverse direction. When reflected in a mirror, it appears normal. The most common example is the word AMBULANCE, which appears in reverse on the front of ambulances. When motorists look in the rear-view mirror and see the emergency vehicle approaching, they will see the word correctly and yield the right of way. (If they aren't fooling around with cell phones and music players, they might actually hear the siren!) Here is a short demonstration of mirror writing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPJ5CsGqtjU

Three clues were clever: "Current quantity" for AMPERE, "Split hairs?" for PART, and "One who's often over a barrel" for COOPER. "Band member with a vihuela" is MARIACHI. Mariachi bands originated in western Mexico and typically include acoustic guitar, trumpets, violins, vihuelas and guitarrónes (large bass guitars). The members usually wear fancy uniforms with sombreros and bolero coats and perform (for money) while roaming from place to place. The vihuela is a large guitar with five strings, often doubled. The G, D and A strings are tuned an octave higher than normal in order to produce a higher pitch. A handmade vihuela can be seen at

https://www.gamutmusic.com/spanish-vihuela

The crossword also includes MAEWEST and portions of one of her famous lines: "It's better to be LOOKEDOVER than OVERLOOKED." Mary Jane "Mae" West (1893-1980) was a movie star and playwright well known for her risqué humor. Among her other famous lines: "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before" and "When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better." Here is the trailer for My Little Chickadee (1940), the only film to star Mae West and W.C. Fields together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-KiyEyTXfk

In the movie, Fields kisses her hand and exclaims, "What symmetrical digits!" That is all for today. You've now heard.....the West of the story. (My apologies to the late Paul Harvey for that horrible pun.)

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Don't have a Mac but think it should be similar to a windows PC, change the file format to .dict then paste them into the Crossfire folder near the default dictionary file.

Open the crossfire app, enter the edit menu, config and under the dictionary tab browse to the saved .dict files.

Mac users feel free to add the relevant equivalents to the edit menu, config etc.
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Hello. I know this is an old thread, but this forum seems to be pretty quiet in any case.

I've tried following the above advice, and when I get to the step of browsing for my word list, it is greyed out. Seems Crossfire only wants to import files with a .dict extension. Any solutions?

(Yes, I have tried changing the extension - Crossfire then throws up an error saying that it can't read the file).
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General Support / Re: LA Times Again
« Last post by srenauer on August 13, 2017, 09:13:51 PM »
Again, thanks, Trauer!
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General Support / Re: LA Times Again
« Last post by DrBB on August 13, 2017, 04:24:01 PM »
So sorry... fat fingered the cut part before pasting.  Try again with the updated post!

Once again, a big vote of thanks to trauer1282 from all LAT Xword addicts!
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