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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 7/17 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on July 17, 2014, 08:52:42 AM »
THEME:   both words of a phrase end with an /et/ sound
   
GOOD ONES:     
Classical rebuke {& theme} ET TU [or "et two"]   
Short cuts   BOBS   
Floors in the ring   KO'S   
Place of luxury?   LAP   
French bread   EURO   
Ball or strike, e.g.   NOUN   
   
BTW:   
Hospital wing   WARD [odd that SELA (Ward) appeared at 17-A]   
   
Thursday morning quarterbacking:  Replace "Hospital wing" with "Bond for a movie?" and you get WARD Bond.  Maybe too old.   
   
   
   
RATING: ;D ;D   
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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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by stickler on July 16, 2014, 08:12:11 PM »
The default database is the one assigned to a new crossword. When you create your own clues (rather than using someone else's as with the American database), you can save them to default DB or create your own DB. The reason it's empty is because you haven't saved any clues to it.

I've been using CC for over 15 years now and never had any performance issues, so I suspect any problems you are having relate to the inputs, that is, your grid structure, the wordlist you have selected and your grid-filling options. CC comes with various components (grids, wordlists, DBs) but they are really a starting point and their make-up and function should be understood before any serious work is done. Happy to help if you let me know your CC setup for grid-filling.

Stickler
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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by wbg on July 16, 2014, 09:09:13 AM »
Following on my own questions, please forget Question 1.  I was trying to use a clue database file called default.csv.  Don't know why it was there.  It was empty.  American.csv worked as expected.

Am still interested in the second question, turning off screen updates during autofill.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 7/16 Robert E. Lee Morris
« Last post by magus on July 16, 2014, 08:45:24 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can be a garden type
   
GOOD ONES:
     
Commonplace {& theme}   GARDEN VARIETY [indeed a variety of gardens]   
Bolt on a track   USAIN [I was thinking some kind of running, not the runner]   
   
   
RATING:    ;D
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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Software / Technical / Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by wbg on July 15, 2014, 03:16:03 PM »
Is there a good source of info on operating this program?  I've got a couple questions at the moment:

1.  Is there a way to pull clues from the database for all answers in the grid in one step?

2.  Can one turn off screen updates during autofill as a means of (maybe) speeding up performance?

Thanks.
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 7/15 C.W. Stewart
« Last post by magus on July 15, 2014, 08:57:13 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase is an animal relating to a cartoon
   
GOOD ONES:    
Store where Yogi shops?   BEAR MARKET [and the five others are as clever]   
Visual aids   EYES   
Party wheel   BRIE [I thought parlor game]   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D ;D
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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General Discussion / Re: Continuing decline ...
« Last post by BGoldstein on July 14, 2014, 09:32:48 AM »
Are you sending yourself the puzzle in .PUZ format (i.e., suitable for AcrossLite)? And do you have a version of AcrossLite for the ipad air?

Here's a recent LATimes puzzle in puz format to try.
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 7/14 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on July 14, 2014, 08:57:10 AM »
THEME:   three-part phrases with middle being a single-letter abbreviation
   
GOOD ONES:    
Potter's stick   MAGIC WAND [I thought ceramics, not Harry]   
It made Leary bleary   LSD [Timothy, that is]   
Knight mare?   STEED   
   
BTW:   
Hebrew winter month   ADAR [frequently appears in Xwords, but I wonder why Hebrew (and Islamic) months are included in Websters]   
   
   
RATING: ;D   
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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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 7/13 Garry Morse
« Last post by magus on July 13, 2014, 09:32:10 AM »
THEME:   intrusive LO
   
GOOD ONES:    
Song about a guy with his jug of wine?   FOR ME AND MY GALLO   
Vivaldi's styling business?   SALON ANTONIO   
Hit homers lefty and righty?   CLOUT BOTH WAYS   
Digs of twigs   NEST   
Tilting pole   LANCE   
Assisi trio?   ESSES   
   
BTW:   
Sieben und eins   ACHT [German: not good; Italian: Gallo, Vivaldi, and Assisi (above) good]    :)
   
   
RATING: ;D ;D ;D   
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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General Discussion / Re: Continuing decline ...
« Last post by Hourock15 on July 12, 2014, 09:53:48 PM »
Cannot get IPad Air to open the cruciverb la times puzzle when i e-mail it to my AOL address. It has the file but when i tap download it does not download and open. It used too, any idea what to do?
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