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General Discussion / Re: Word counts / limits
« Last post by 4wd on January 20, 2017, 12:42:00 PM »
Try to keep your 3 letter entries down to about 20-25% of your grid, though if you go a little over that
its fine. I find some grid designs wont work unless you go a little over. Reason being there aren't much
cluing options for threes, longer entries have more possibilities.

General Discussion / Word counts / limits
« Last post by Wallokes on January 20, 2017, 11:05:16 AM »
Are there any rules of thumb on the number of 3 letter words that a puzzle should have?  For example, if I have a 76 word puzzle should I try to limit it to no more than 20 or 24 3-letter words?
General Discussion / Anyone willing to field some theme questions?
« Last post by Wallokes on January 19, 2017, 10:38:24 PM »
Hi all,

I'm starting to dip my toe into the constructing waters, and had some questions about (specific) theme ideas and their plausibility/difficulties I might anticipate with them. If anyone is willing to let me shoot them the occasional email with a question or idea, I'd appreciate it enormously--if you reach me via personal message I'll switch over to email if you prefer.  Thanks!

General Discussion / theme queries
« Last post by DKROPP on January 18, 2017, 11:50:58 AM »
Is there any concern about confidentiality when discussing theme ideas with a mentor or editor?  I have an idea for what I think would be an excellent theme, but I'd hate to lose it.  I really don't mean to offend or cast aspersions, but I'm just very new at this and want to protect my brainstorm(s).  Thanks for your help and understanding.
Etc. / Re: multiple submissions
« Last post by 4wd on January 17, 2017, 12:05:01 PM »
You should wait a bit, replies are sent via contact method attached to your submission.

Check out the publisher chart page it'll give you an idea as to response time for the
various outlets. If you've waited way longer than the regular response time feel free
to contact the publisher.
Software / Technical / Incorrect grid size
« Last post by Glenn9999 on January 17, 2017, 11:15:24 AM »
While I've been successful in generating 15x15 PUZ files via TXT using Across Lite, when I've played with generating 21x21 PUZ files, I've had this error that amounts to a incorrectly specified grid size.  I checked it two or three times and don't see where I'm going wrong (grid size specified okay, entered grid the proper dimensions).  Does anyone have any suggestions on other things that might be generating this error?

Edit: Nevermind.   I made a second separate attempt that worked out.  So I was probably just getting cross-eyed in counting.
Etc. / multiple submissions
« Last post by DKROPP on January 17, 2017, 10:29:03 AM »
After having submitted a puzzle to a publisher for consideration, do I have to wait to get a denial of interest before submitting to another publisher, since most or all publishers insist on exclusive copyright (are denials sent, or does the author just never hear anything?)  Thanks from a hopeful newbie :)
Today's Puzzles / The cheesy January 15 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on January 15, 2017, 07:20:12 PM »
Ed Sessa lives in Florida and has been a crossword puzzle enthusiast for 40 years. He has been a crossword puzzle creator for the past nine of those years. Today he invites us to "Say Cheese!" The theme answers are puns involving various types of cheese:

Cheese graters? ROQUEFORTFILES
Cheese-growing plot? GARDENOFEDAM
Cheese factory supplies? CHEDDARBOXES
Cheese tray displays? BRIEARRANGEMENTS
Cheesehead's accessory? FETAINONESCAP

"Roquefort Files" is a clever pun, referring to the 1974-80 NBC-TV series The Rockford Files, which starred James Garner as private detective Jim Rockford. But "Brie arrangements" for "pre-arrangements"? Not so clever. Perhaps I feel that way because I consider the word "pre-arrange" to be a redundancy, same as "pre-plan." "Cheddarboxes" for "chatterboxes" is also not overly clever.

Edam is a semi-hard cheese that originated in the Netherlands and is named after the town of Edam. Tilsit cheese, also known as Tilsiter, is a light yellow semihard cheese originally manufactured in the town of Tilsit in the former German province of East Prussia. The town is now Sovetsk, Russia. Feta is a crumbly cheese made from sheep's milk. The name comes from φέτα, the Greek word for "slice." Muenster is a pale yellow semi-soft cheese made in the United States. It has no relation to the strong-tasting Munster cheese named for the French town of Munster. And I probably do not need to point out that the 1960s tv series The Munsters had nothing to do with cheese.

"Paris pronoun" is VOUS, which is not used in English. "Other, to Quixote" is OTRO, which is not used in English. "Bunch of clowns in a circus stunt, say" is CARLOAD -- and in May of this year, the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus will give its final performances, ending a 146-year run. Over the past few years, the circus has been plagued with declining attendance, rising operating costs, changing public tastes and legal battles with animal-rights organizations.

"Heated dispute" is RHUBARB. Rhubarb is a plant of the dock family with poisonous leaves and edible stalks. The name comes from the Greek Rha, the ancient Scythian name of the Volga River where the plants were grown, and Barbaros, which means "foreign." In 1938, Garry Schumacher, the New York Giants' press agent and a New York Globe sports writer, began using the word "rhubarb" to describe an onfield brawl or scuffle, explaining that a brawl is "an untidy mess, a disheveled tangle of loose ends like the fibers of stewed rhubarb." After Brooklyn Dodgers radio announcer Red Barber being using the term, it gained widespread usage.

As for the crossword puzzle's title, it comes from the command given by photographers just before they take a photograph of someone. Supposedly no one can say "cheese" without smiling. Other words are used in other countries. In Latin America, for instance, photographers instruct their subjects to say "whiskey." Well, okay, whatever works.
Today's Puzzles / The top-notch January 10 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on January 10, 2017, 05:07:42 PM »
As a child, Janice Luttrell developed a love of wordplay and crossword puzzles by watching her father solve the Chicago Tribune Sunday crosswords. Her puzzles have been appearing in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers since April 2016. Sadly, her father didn't live to see her published puzzles -- he died when she was 18. Luttrell's crossword today includes these theme answers:

Toaster snack - POPTART
Pretty darn simple: IDIOTPROOF
Dice roller's exhortation: COMETOPAPA
Actor with near-synonymous first and last names: RIPTORN
Verses by Allen Ginsberg, e.g.: BEATPOETRY

"Cause trouble...and a hint to this puzzle's circled letters: is STIRTHEPOT. Each theme answer includes a different "stirring" of the letters P, O and T. "Stir the pot" means "to cause unrest or dissent; to agitate a situation in order to cause a reaction or trouble." But, as any cook or chef knows, we do not stir the pot. Rather, we stir the contents of the pot. When making a pot of soup, a cook may have to stir it if some of the ingredients have settled to the bottom of the pot. Thus, "stirring the pot" is a metaphor for bringing controversial issues to the surface. i.e., making people aware of negative things which might have been forgotten.

Actor/producer/director/voiceover artist Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. in 1931 in Texas. Many of the men in his family have been nicknamed Rip. Among his best-known films are King Of Kings, RoboCop 3, Men In Black and The Man Who Fell To Earth. For six years he co-starred on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show.

"Señorita's 'other'" is OTRA, which is not used in English. "Upper, in Ulm" is OBER, which is not used in English. "Evangelist __ Semple McPherson" is AIMEE. Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944) was a Canadian-born preacher and faith-healer who in 1923 founded Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. She preached daily and her beliefs led to a new denomination, with Angelus Temple becoming the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. In 1924, she launched her own radio station, KFSG ("Four Square Gospel"). She also published weekly newsletters and a monthly magazine. In 1926, she disappeared for five weeks. Did she drown? Was she kidnapped? Was she having an affair with one of her engineers? Was it all just a publicity stunt? In 1927, all the criminal charges against her were thrown out due to a lack of evidence. To this day, no one really knows the truth. Here are details of the mystery:

The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher

The church and the denomination are still thriving. The former KFSG is now Spanish adult contemporary KXOL.

The puzzle also includes CHEERIO, clued with "'Toodle-oo!'" And with that, I say goodbye for now.
Today's Puzzles / Re: The January 8 crossword gets a D+
« Last post by Thomps2525 on January 09, 2017, 04:58:00 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times includes this correction: "The January 8 crossword puzzle was printed with an incorrect grid. A correct version of the puzzle can be found in the January 8 eNewspaper at and online at"

Thanks -- but I discovered the grid was wrong within two seconds of looking at it. Maybe I'll keep the incorrect grid and see if I can fill it in with my own words.
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