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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 9/16 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by LARadioRewind on Today at 07:03:06 PM »
The word GET appears backwards. The "get back" theme should be obvious to anyone who solves the Cryptic Crosswords in Games magazine.

By the way, Mister magus, I love the way that you creaTE Grins for each puzzle. ;)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 9/13 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on Today at 06:58:10 PM »
Three days after SSTS appeared in a puzzle, SSTS has appeared in a puzzle. The abbreviation is in the September 16 Los Angeles Times crossword, clued with "Former Mach 2 fliers, briefly." The earlier occurrence of the abbreviation was clued with "Bygone boomers." Puzzle makers can keep coming up with different clues for the same Crosswordese words but it doesn't hide the fact that the puzzle answers are much too repetitious.
Software / Technical / Re: Best software for one-time constructor
« Last post by JonahP on Today at 06:18:06 PM »
I don't know of a tool with autofill that retails for less than $40-$60.  Without autofill, there's a great tool (full disclosure: I made it) that's $19.95 for unlimited puzzles or $3.95 for a single puzzle:

Crossword Hobbyist supports newspaper-style puzzles or teacher-style puzzles.  (The main link within the site is to teacher-style puzzles, making a newspaper-style puzzle is accessible from your home page).
General Discussion / Re: Unfillable Grid
« Last post by j88keys on Today at 05:40:34 PM »
Thanks Bill- From what you describe, CrossFire works the same way- just glad to know that there's not an "easier fix" that I'm not taking advantage of in the software. Thanks for your response.

Thank you!
Today's Puzzles / Tue., 9/16 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on Today at 09:09:52 AM »
THEME:   letter run TEG in random phrases
Regain {& theme}   GET BACK [the idea is that GET is spelled backwards; problem is that the entry doesn't say that; perhaps if GET were in the "back" or end of the word]   
RATING: :'(   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Support / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by Fed on September 15, 2014, 09:55:14 PM »
It works!  Thanks
General Support / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by admin on September 15, 2014, 07:28:28 PM »
Fixed. Sorry for the wait and the convenience.
General Discussion / Re: Unfillable Grid
« Last post by wbg on September 15, 2014, 09:19:56 AM »
To my knowledge, CC does not tell you where the problem is.  That might not be a simple question to answer.  I don't know the filling algorithm used by any of these programs, but I suspect it's pretty much brute force.  CC uses a fair amount of processor power when it's working.  At some point, it gives up.  Seems to work on a section of the puzzle at a time.  Maybe it could say what quadrant it was on when it quit, but you can tell that just by watching it (assuming it at least tries to fill for awhile, which I know it doesn't always do).  Anyway, as a general matter, while there may be a word or two that could be changed and thereby make the grid fillable,  I don't think the software has any idea which ones they would be.  Seems like the theme answers are usually the killers.  Try backing them out one at a time, maybe?

That's not much help, sorry, and I should point out that I'm very new at this.

Alas, I don't think there is a version of CC that runs on Macs.

Today's Puzzles / Mon., 9/15 Don Rosenthal
« Last post by magus on September 15, 2014, 09:04:25 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase can be a receptacle for beer
Brew found in increasing quantities {theme}   BEER   
Scat legend   ELLA [I think constructors really know nothing about Ella Fitzgerald except the little scatting she did at the end of her fine singing career.  Her greatest singing on record is not scat, and she was a living legend before she and Luis Armstrong, a gifted trumpeter, tried the silly jazz vocalization which died before they did.]   
Don must be a francophile:  AMI, ETE, and ILE.  Not being so inclined, I'd clue them as follows:  "Old soap, Bon ___"; "Gam end?"; and "Percent plus?"   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
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