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General Discussion / Re: Is "ACERATE' a good word for a themeless?
« Last post by crossWORDboss on April 04, 2014, 02:14:23 PM »
IMO, I think 'acerate' is more than acceptable, it's just a matter of one's opinion, as well as who's doing the editing. On top of that, it's also plastered all over OneLook & learning a new term like acerate has it's pluses especially if you were to come across the word on say a documentary about plants, like I have with many words that I've picked up through crossword solving, as well as constructing.

For instance, I watched a documentary presented by David Attenborough and one of the animals highlighted in the doc was the "kob", an african antelope, a beautiful creature with an amazing set of horns; yet, kob has never been used ever in NYT crosswords, and acerate has only been used in pre-shortzian times - and, for whatever reasons these may entail, I'd like to know... ?

Overall, I'd love to see more ecology-based words throughout crosswords, as we have a serious overall lack of knowledge on an individual basis about what's in our own back yards, let alone what's going on our planet altogether.

General Discussion / Re: Yearly Crossword Conference suggestion
« Last post by crossWORDboss on April 04, 2014, 01:50:09 PM »
I think that's a great idea!

Additionally, along the same lines, schools should start adopting "Crosswords 101" as part of their elective or standard curriculum, as crosswords are an amazing educational and fun tool.

It would be nice to see your idea come into fruition.

General Support / LA Times archive
« Last post by mothra42 on April 04, 2014, 11:34:11 AM »
Any updates on the LA Times archive that is temporarily unavailable? Miss it!
General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by jamegood on April 04, 2014, 09:25:14 AM »
I am logged into but still cannot get the LA Times to download.  It says my username in the top left corner ("Hello jamegood") and there is a "Logout" button below that, so I think I'm genuinely logged in.  Any ideas will be welcome. 
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 4/4 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on April 04, 2014, 08:24:19 AM »
THEME:   a word Down intersects with a word Across leaving the word Across misspelled because of the intrusion --- but the two words form a familiar phrase reflecting the fact that on the grid the word Down is "in" the word Across (this made sense to me when I wrote it)
With SADKDLE, working again, aptly   BACK ["back in the saddle": BACK is literally "in" SADDLE]   
With FAMSILY, what red hair often does, aptly   RUNS [ "runs in the family"]   
With BANNK, a financially secure thing, aptly   MONEY ["money in the bank"]   
"LOOK in the MIRROR" and "DROP in the BUCKET" are equally clever   
Fair ones   MAIDENS [I'd use quotation marks around "Fair" since the term is "fair maidens" or "maidens fair."  They are not "fair" in and of themselves.]   
I was confused when I had SADKD.… I knew I was right, yet how could I be?  Then I had FAM_ILY, which also made no sense.  Then I got DEUS, thank God, and BACK made sense.   
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   
General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by Valnavia on April 03, 2014, 02:58:28 PM »
Still unable to dl the LAT puzzle this week.  Thx.
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 4/3 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 03, 2014, 07:41:20 AM »
THEME:   baseball diamond grid with circled letters as baselines spelling ways to advance runners
What the circled words (shown in the appropriate direction) are capable of doing   ADVANCING THE RUNNER   
Ones getting lots of Bronx cheers   YANKEES [does this mean cheers for the Bombers or boos?]   
Baseball commissioner under whom interleague play became a reality    SELIG [only needed the first two words]   
Spanish pronoun   ESTA [rather than grammar, why not clue it the way it may be heard: "Como ESTA usted?"]   
This was a particularly creative way to recognize the opening week of Major League Baseball, so as a fan...   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 4/2 Peterson & Varol
« Last post by magus on April 02, 2014, 08:11:42 AM »
THEME:   prefix IN- is separated from the root word and read as two words
How poets write?   IN VERSES [and the other 5 theme entries are as clever]   
Bath bathroom   LOO [Bath is an English city]   
One going downhill fast   SKIER   
Short notes?   IOU'S   
Learned   WISE [I know many learned people who are unwise; what I don't know is why this clue has been used, more than once, when there are so very many better clues for wise, including "potato chip."]   
Former Cubs slugger   SOSA [I'd have clued it "Former Cubs cheater" or "Cub of ill-repute"]   
Squeaker in Stuttgart   MAUS [but we're not German and we NEVER use this term]   

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   
General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by fluff on April 02, 2014, 07:21:33 AM »
I appreciate this wonderful site, but really miss being able to get the LA times puzzle on my iPad.  :(
Software / Technical / Re: Comparison of CW Construction Software
« Last post by cheapcookies on April 01, 2014, 12:13:17 PM »
You'll probably get more answers if you post your question on the mailing list. More folks respond to mailing list items than to forum posts

Thank you for replying; 2 weeks later/100+ views and you're the only one.

Just my opinion, but I don't like flooding peoples inbox with mail from persons unknown. I had hoped to get at least one constructive review of some of the software packages I mentioned.

I'm beginning to think breaking into the secret society of crossword puzzle makers is harder than getting into the magicians circle. And worse, some of the software sellers don't even answer inquisitive emails, and I don't want to lay out money for silence.

I'm trying to be honorable here and purchase software. Alot of this stuff has been hacked or keys are floating around in newsgroups, etc. I don't want to go that route.

But I would like some objective criticism before I buy. This is supposedly the secret meeting site of the enabled.


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