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General Discussion / Re: Stan Newman
« Last post by mmcbs on July 18, 2014, 11:59:21 AM »
Keep trying sngrids@gmail.com - I had the same experience and after a couple punch-ups got a reply (and approval!) from Stan.
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General Discussion / Games Magazine response?
« Last post by mmcbs on July 18, 2014, 11:55:54 AM »
I've sent several puzzles via email to Games Mag address provided, over period of several months. No responses. Anyone have a feel for what to expect?
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 7/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by magus on July 18, 2014, 08:59:56 AM »
THEME:   letter H substituted for by IT in common phrases creating odd phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Cheesecake ingredient?   GAM [WWII vintage term for leg; cheescake pix were pin-ups.  Rita Gam was a minor actress then.]   
Classics, e.g.   IPODS [I-Pod Classic]   
It may be seen on a dog   CHILI [after I exhaused collars and fleas I thought food]   
Third degrees?   PHD'S [sometimes they give you the third degree to get the degree]   
   
BTW:   
Swing both ways and literal hint to {theme}   SWITCH HIT [The idea of the theme makes sense --- simply substitute IT for H.  And IT plus H is indeed an anagram for HIT.  What I don't get is the clue:  in what way is HIT switched?  For example:   
   SITE DEVIL > SHE DEVIL, but the word HIT is missing and so cannot be switched.  "Split HIT" to SWITCH HIT" might be accurate but senseless.
   
   
RATING:   ?
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 Support / LA Times bad link
« Last post by Kolohe61 on July 18, 2014, 02:28:18 AM »
When trying to get July 18 puzzle, I get June 21 instead.
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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by stickler on July 18, 2014, 02:11:36 AM »
I think it's a very hit-and-miss approach doing it that way. If you have the standard version of CC, then you've still got a couple of things you can do: seed the crossword with theme words and get CC to fill in the rest; check the "minimum word score" used for grid filling - if it's set right with the correct wordlist, you shouldn't get any "clinkers"; right click on any slot to see what words will fit and pick a suitable one (ensure you have "find alternative word that would fit" set for AutoFind). You can build a crossword up slowly but surely this way, but you will hit dead-ends even with the intersection button set.
The best option is to buy the Pro Grid Filler - not a cheap option but worth every cent for someone who is semi-serious. It gives you theme list inclusion, dictionary lookup as you go, overlapping word exclusion (solving the reopen and opens issue), priority word choice etc etc.

Best


Stickler
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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by wbg on July 17, 2014, 11:36:20 AM »
Stickler, thank you.

I'm pretty sure the performance issues I was having related to the grids I was fooling around with.  It seems like CC either does the fill quickly or bangs its head against the wall for what might be a very long time.

At this point, I've solved thousands of puzzles but am just getting started trying to construct.  I've been using autofill a lot, just looking at the results.  Informative, in a way.  If you just let it rip on a blank grid, in my observation you can expect a few clinkers (urine), maybe some unacceptable dupes (reopen and opens, e.g.), and a very boring puzzle, not worth any effort at cluing.  Maybe if you were willing to look at hundreds of autofilled grids, you might find one decent one, but that doesn't seem like any fun at all, and it would of course be themeless.  From what I gather, themeless puzzles are a rather small percentage of what gets published.
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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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