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General Discussion / New to puzzle constructing - advice?
« Last post by Hysc on April 15, 2018, 08:59:45 PM »
After reading this week's NYT article on constructing, I was inspired to try.  I'm now completely absorbed in filling a 15x15 themed puzzle, and feel great about a theme inspired by my kids.  But, all that being said, I'm still relatively new to crosswords generally (I got the NYT app only about a year ago and was hooked) so I haven't much of a sense of whether I'm inadvertently repeating something that's been used before. Any advice for a newbie like me on how to check whether or how often your theme has been used before? 

I was also spooked by the postings on the plagiarism scandal, though somewhat reassured that duplication does happen by the articles linked there.

Thanks in advance
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Events / Crossword Scholarship for College Students
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on April 04, 2018, 01:26:59 PM »
Know any budding cruciverbalists? Then they might be interested in Crossword Hobbyist's Crossword Scholarship. Running until April 30th, 2018, students must make one 15x15 newspaper-style crossword on the topic of their choosing. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for the Fall 2018 semester. Visit the link below for more information.

https://crosswordhobbyist.com/blog/crossword-hobbyist-crossword-scholarship/
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General Support / Re: 2018 WSJ link?
« Last post by trauer1282 on April 02, 2018, 05:46:46 AM »
Much better than my quick and dirty cut/paste effort... thanks Glen9999! 8)
34
General Discussion / Re: Need help with phrase
« Last post by cranberry44 on March 31, 2018, 01:02:15 PM »
I reworked that section so now I no longer am using "cite a." So it's solved. But thanks for looking.
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General Discussion / Re: $500 Crossword Prize
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General Discussion / Re: $500 Crossword Prize
« Last post by cranberry44 on March 29, 2018, 01:34:21 PM »
It might have been best to hold off on this offer until you had specifics.
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General Discussion / Need help with phrase
« Last post by cranberry44 on March 29, 2018, 01:32:49 PM »
I want to use "citea" ("cite a") as in the phrase "cite a source." I think that the clue "____ source!" (Teacher admonition)" is too easily guessed. Is the clue "Words before 'source' " too vague? I've been struggling with the surrounding section; and this phrase, at least, may be a "useable" one. And I'd be able to finish off this section finally.  Comments please.
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General Support / Re: WSJ puzzle for March 19, 2018 (was Re: 2018 WSJ link?)
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 26, 2018, 12:50:50 PM »
Here it is if you want it for your collection.

Thank you.  However, I proofread it and found a couple of errors.  Corrections below, along with some stylistic changes to make it look like the other "fleeting-image" PUZ files.

Code: [Select]
<ACROSS PUZZLE>
<TITLE>
Coming Clean
<AUTHOR>
Harold Jones/Edited by Mike Shenk
<COPYRIGHT>
© The Wall Street Journal
<SIZE>
15x15
<GRID>
she.lady..evita
wed.egret.maces
arm.freshlinens
mountainair.cue
pinot..own.turn
endmost.sidebet
des..han.noses.
...fairfight...
.tharp.lou..sci
troikas.upsilon
hall.has..uvula
ely.solarenergy
familyshows.rae
elena.aimee.eta
danny..best.der
<ACROSS>
That woman
Address for a baroness
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" musical
Tie the knot
White heron
Spiked clubs
Pitcher's pride
They're clean
It's clean
Tool for pool
Wine grape
Possess
Make a right, say
Very last
Secondary wager
___ Moines
Solo of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story"
Fronts of planes
It's clean
Choreographer Twyla
Baseball great Gehrig
Lab subj.
Three-horse Russian sleds
Letter after tau
Room on the Clue board
Possesses
Throat dangler
Cathedral city near Cambridge
It's clean
They're clean
"Norma ___"
Justice Kagan
French film star Anouk ___
Pilot's guess, for short
Sandy's love in "Grease"
Second to none
German article
<DOWN>
Overwhelmed with work
Jo March or Elizabeth Bennet
"Slipping Away" singer Dave
Given in a bequest
Taj Mahal city
Number after zwei
Like some simple questions
Dubai ruler
Mover's truck
Drink cooler
Terms of office
Give one's approval
Defrosts
Joining a queue
___ de plume
Final, for one
Crow's-nest cry
Black goo
Cry from Homer Simpson
Org. for Titans and Texans
Be unsuccessful
Genesis vessel
Marker
Refrain syllables
Saintly sorts
Sounded drunk
Crest competitor
Twelve months hence
Interest rate determiner, informally
Tortilla chip topper
Twilight preceder
"So ___ been told"
Indian honorific
Do in, as a dragon
Colosseum site
Rams' mates
Bed-and-breakfast
39
General Support / WSJ puzzle for March 19, 2018 (was Re: 2018 WSJ link?)
« Last post by trauer1282 on March 23, 2018, 08:25:14 AM »
The WSJ puzzle for March 19, 2018 didn't appear for some reason on the fleeting image site.  Here it is if you want it for your collection.

As always, cut and paste everything below to a text file and save it.  Then start Across Lite and click File/Open to pull in the text file.  You can solve it there or save it as a .puz file.

<ACROSS PUZZLE>
<TITLE>
COMING CLEAN (Monday, March 19, 2018)
<AUTHOR>
Harold Jones / Edited by Mike Shenk
<COPYRIGHT>
Puzzle Content © 2018 WSJ
<SIZE>
15x15
<GRID>
she.lady..evita
wed.egret.maces
arm.freshlinens
mountainair.cue
pinot..own.turn
endmost.sidebet
des..han.noses.
...fairfight...
.tharp.lou..sci
troikas.upsilon
hall.has..uvula
ely.solarenergy
familyshows.rai
elena.aimee.eta
danny..best.der
<ACROSS>
That woman
Address for a baroness
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" musical
Tie the knot
White heron
Spiked clubs
Pitcher's pride
They're clean
It's clean
Tool for pool
Wine grape
Possess
Make a right, say
Very last
Secondary wager
_ Moines
Solo of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story"
Fronts of planes
It's clean
Choreographer Twyla
Baseball great Gehrig
Lab subj.
Three-horse Russian sleds
Letter after tau
Room on the Clue board
Possesses
Throat dangler
Cathedral city near Cambridge
It's clean
They're clean
"Norma ___"
Justice Kagan
French film star Anouk _
Pilot's guess, for short
Sandy's love in "Grease"
Second to none
German article
<DOWN>
Overwhelmed with work
Jo March or Elizabeth Bennet
"Slipping Away" singer Dave
Given in a bequest
Taj Mahal city
Number after zwei
Like some simple questions
Dubai ruler
Mover's truck
Drink cooler
Terms of office
Give one's approval
Defrosts
Joining a queue
_ de plume
Final, for one
Crow's-nest cry
Black goo
Cry from Homer Simpson
Org. for Titans and Texans
Be unsuccessful
Genesis vessel
Marker
Refrain syllables
Saintly sorts
Sounded drunk
Crest competitor
Twelve months hence
Interest rate determiner, informally
Tortilla chip topper
Twilight preceder
"So  _ been told"
Indian honorific
Do in, as a dragon
Colosseum site
Rams' mates
Bed-and-breakfasts
40
General Support / Re: 2018 WSJ link?
« Last post by trauer1282 on March 22, 2018, 10:20:29 AM »
I use a shortcut to build the URL since I download the WSJ puzzles daily.

If you are on a Mac, put the following line in a file, save it, and use Terminal to make the file executable. This can be adapted if you are on Windows, Linux, ...

open http://herbach.dnsalias.com/wsj/wsj`date +"%y%m%d"`".puz" >> test && exit
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