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General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by fggoldston on March 09, 2017, 07:24:40 PM »
Thank you for passing that along.
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General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 08, 2017, 03:19:37 PM »
Interesting question as I have not either and would like to know, if I ever figure out how to get a puzzle going.  I found an e-mail connected to the "puzzles" realm of Universal Uclick that I asked the question to, and hopefully they will be able/willing to provide a good solid answer.

And I got an answer off of the e-mail.  Their puzzles are done by assignment of the editor only.  So, no submissions there.
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General Support / Re: R.I.P., CrosSynergy
« Last post by BALLYHOO on March 08, 2017, 07:32:25 AM »
BOB KLAHN REALLY WANTED TO BAFFLE YOU
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General Discussion / Re: Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by chd on March 06, 2017, 11:53:25 AM »
Thanks -- yeah, I agree it's not very good. I'll try to avoid that sort of thing if possible. Right now I'm just building a few practice puzzles to get a feel for what works and what doesn't, and what sorts of things turn into problems as I get farther into it.

Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by packs on March 06, 2017, 10:27:22 AM »
Thanks all.  Good feedback.  I'll definitely jump on the mailing list.
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General Discussion / Re: Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 06, 2017, 07:57:22 AM »
Usually, if it's a superfluous article, it's a bad idea.  In other words, if the word could stand alone it's better to do it that way.  Especially when you consider most editors policies on partial phrases...

As for ADEN, you could refer to the port city of Yemen as many others have done.  THERAP as you have described is a bad idea in general, though it has been clued as [some can beat it].

Just my thoughts, though...YMMV.
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General Discussion / Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by chd on March 05, 2017, 01:57:00 PM »
Hi,

I'm brand new at this, and trying to do things by the book if possible. What's the convention for cluing answers that include "a" or "the"? I try to avoid them in the first place, but that needs more practice too.

DEN might be "a place to find cubs", but would you clue ADEN differently?

I also have THERAP as "___ sheet; police record" -- I don't really like it in general, but is it acceptable in terms of form?

Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 04, 2017, 10:18:39 AM »
I would suggest that you join the mailing list here and send your question out on the mailing list. 

If it works, that is...
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by dps on March 03, 2017, 10:21:23 PM »
It's very well-known to me as a Californian, and I'd certainly allow it in the Orange County Register!  Not sure how famous it is outside of California, tho.

--David Steinberg
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by fggoldston on March 03, 2017, 05:46:01 PM »
As long as it is 'real' and well enough known most editors would accept it.  When I google it, it has pretty good hits - and if you're selling it to a S California newspaper I would think that it would work even better.  One thing though, I have only sold a few puzzles, so my experience is rather limited.  I would suggest that you join the mailing list here and send your question out on the mailing list.  Everyone you've ever heard of in the world of US puzzledom is on that list and most are very helpful and quick to answer.  In here it might take a little longer to get a response.
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