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General Discussion / A Questioning Clue?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on October 05, 2016, 01:36:46 PM »
While trying to be cute, the subject above catches the entirety of my question:

Are there any kind of rules involved on what clues earn a "?" after them? (this occurred to me, and after looking at several puzzles, I really can't see an ironclad rule in operation...)
General Discussion / Re: Jonesin'?
« Last post by phil262 on October 05, 2016, 07:09:23 AM »
Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by Jerry E. Rosman on October 04, 2016, 03:38:29 PM »
Mark, THANKS!!!  For some reason my Brother printer went from "General Print" to "Manual Print Setting" which evidently fill in spaces.

Thanks again,  Jerry
General Discussion / Re: Jonesin'?
« Last post by BGoldstein on October 04, 2016, 08:24:53 AM »
The link on the Cruciverb site has been useless for a long time. I mean the dormancy on the Jonesin' site itself (!forum/jonesin-crosswords)
General Discussion / Jonesin'?
« Last post by BGoldstein on October 04, 2016, 08:23:34 AM »
Jonesin' has been dormant for a couple of weeks.

Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by mmcbs on October 03, 2016, 02:47:25 PM »
Kinda guessing at this, but if you can see the puzzle in Crossword Compiler and the black squares look OK there, but when you print it, they don't, I think the problem may be in your printer settings, perhaps some kind of ink-saver setting or draft printing setting. Do you get the same result when you create a grid in Compiler then print it? There is a setting in Compiler to change the color of the blank squares (can make them white if you want to), but you would see that on the screen before you printed it, and I don't think that would get changed by accident.
Software / Technical / Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by Jerry E. Rosman on October 03, 2016, 12:58:02 AM »
I have no idea if I am the cause of my problem or not.  Without warning, when printing a NYT, LAT or any other puzzle whether in AcrossLite or a PDF version -- the blocks are only printed by having bold lines on their perimeters with white, not black fills.

The grid numbers are not affected.

All other Crossword Compiler functions appear to work appropriately.

Any ideas what can be done to have the blocks appear as solid black blocks?

TIA, Jerry
General Discussion / dictionaries for Crossfire
« Last post by dade36 on October 01, 2016, 04:18:57 PM »
This seems basic, but I cannot figure out how to use Crossfire's (for Mac, not Windows) "sample fill" or word pattern lookup functions. Does it have a built in dictionary? Do I somehow direct it to a dictionary? I also have the helpful and massive Crossword's Dictionary and Gazetteer. Is there a way to use the two together? Sorry for basic questions, but thanks in advance.
Etc. / Re: Which publisher is represented by "sn" in the Puzzle Database?
« Last post by dps on September 26, 2016, 11:16:29 PM »
I'm pretty sure SN is Newsday (Stan Newman)
Today's Puzzles / September 25: A new brand of crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 25, 2016, 04:41:45 PM »
In today's crossword by C.C. Burnikel, "Corporate identifier" is TRADEMARK. Nine answers -- ten, if you include TRADEMARK -- are phrases with the initials TM. Among them are TRACKMEET, TENNISMATCH, TEXTMESSAGE, TIGERMOTH and TREASUREMAP.

A trademark is a recognizable name, sign, design, phrase or logo which identifies a particular product or service, such as the CBS eye, the NBC peacock, the Nike swoosh, the Target target and the Apple Computer apple. A trademark which is considered "common-law" by virtue of its continued usage but has not been formally registered is identified by ™ and a registered trademark is identified by ®. Modern trademark laws originated in France in 1857.  Information about trademarks is available on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website at

"Per each" is APOP. Again. That phrase appears in two or three puzzles each week, along with ELHI, which means "elementary school through high school." I have never seen or heard APOP or ELHI -- or ASEA or AROAR -- other than in crossword puzzles. "Newspapers, radio, etc." is OLDMEDIA. Yes, I suppose so, but that answer is awkward, as well as a bit disrespectful. Many of us still enjoy newspapers and radio. "Mama of pop" is CASS. Cass Elliot, born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a member of the Mamas & Papas, whose 1960s hits included Monday Monday, California Dreamin', Words Of Love, I Saw Her Again and Creeque Alley. Cass died of a heart attack in 1974. She did not, as a popular rumor claims, choke to death on a ham sandwich.

"Youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate __ Yousafzai"  is MALALA. Born in 1997 in northwest Pakistan, Malala defied the local Taliban by demanding that girls be allowed to receive an education. The Taliban issued a death threat against her and then, when she was 15, shot her in the head. She survived and continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and again in 2014. She was a co-recipient of the Peace Prize in 2014 along with education activist Kailash Satyarthi. In 2013, Malala wrote a book, I Am Malala, which was banned in Pakistan's schools for "disrespecting Islam" and having a "negative influence." She now attends school in Birmingham, England, and continues to fight for women's rights. Details of her life and her goal of ensuring that all girls receive 12 years of education can be found at

And thus ends today's discussion. Now I'm going to go practice my transcendental meditation. TM, get it? Never mind.
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