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General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by srenauer on April 18, 2018, 09:37:07 AM »
It’d be great if you could post Monday & Tuesday too. Thanks!
42
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by aquinn on April 18, 2018, 08:56:57 AM »
Thank you Trauer.  I do like Across Lite better than other formats.
43
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by trauer1282 on April 18, 2018, 07:37:54 AM »
Yes, we've seen this before, and hopefully the feed will come back soon.  For now, here's today's puzzle if you don't mind a kludgy way to open it in Across Lite:

1. Copy the following text (no extra spaces!) and paste it into a plain text file on your computer.
2. Open Across Lite
3. Click File / Open / (your text file)
4. Click Save As to save the puzzle in .puz format or just solve/print as usual

I'll post the missing Monday and Tuesday puzzles if anyone still wants them.  8)

<ACROSS PUZZLE>
<TITLE>
LA Times, Wed, Apr 18, 2018
<AUTHOR>
Agnes Davidson & C.C. Burnikel / Ed. Rich Norris
<COPYRIGHT>
Puzzle Content © 2018 Tribune Content Agency, LLC
<SIZE>
15x15
<GRID>
ALFA.INCAS..DES
REAM.MONTE.JEAN
TAKESATOLL.ELSA
..ELICIT.DITHER
BASIN.PECOSBILL
USMAIL..AMMO...
ITI.SUSHI..ATOE
COLLECTORSITEMS
KNEE..ADORN.NES
...NASL..SMIDGE
BIGTICKET.OCEAN
IDOIDO.LOOSER..
RIAL.TALKSTRASH
COTS.TREES.UGLI
HTS..SENNA.NERD
<ACROSS>
__ Romeo: Italian car
Machu Picchu people
__ Plaines
Copier room quantity
Spanish peak
With 27-Down, Captain Picard
What constant stress does, healthwise
Disney woman loosely based on Andersen's Snow Queen
Draw out
Flustered state
Bathroom fixture
Old West folklore cowboy
FedEx alternative
Arsenal inventory
"What was __ was saying?"
Japanese rolls
Dip __ in: test
Things gathered by aficionados ... or what the ends of 16-, 24-, 49-and 59-Across can be?
Patella's place
Decorate
Video game letters
N.Y. Cosmos org.
Wee bit
Very expensive
Indian __
Enthusiastic reply to "Who knows the answer?"
More lax
Muscat money
Taunts on the field
Barracks beds
Forest fixtures
Citrus hybrid
Brooklyn __, N.Y.
Medicinal plant
Techie, often
<DOWN>
Co-star of Jackie on "The Honeymooners"
__ & Perrins steak sauce
Happy face that's put on
Bedelia of kiddie lit
Apple choice
"Reward" for poor service
20 fins
Braves, on sports news crawls
Once in a long while
Indian city on the Yamuna River
Studio support
Doghouse "Don't come any closer!"
Water-propelled craft
"Truman" actor
Belief ending
General Motors brand
__ Martin: British car
Tahrir Square city
See 15-Across
Follow furtively
Mason's tray
Youngster's time of life
Luxury timepiece
City on the Ruhr
Soup legumes
Most Soc. Sec. recipients
Secret to the max
Give a leg up
Lawn care giant
Post-winter river thaw
Canoe wood
Nincompoop
Kids on a farm?
First name in daytime TV
Arcade coin
Mount of Greek myth
"__ You Lonesome Tonight?"
Camera type, for short
Put in a secret place
44
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by AllanK on April 17, 2018, 08:08:55 AM »
I’m with you, mothra42.  The day doesn’t start well if I can’t get my morning fix...  :D

I hope it comes back, and soon!
45
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by mothra42 on April 16, 2018, 08:24:03 PM »
Thanks for your reply. I remember a couple of years ago it would happen, but it was usually back in two days or so. I updated Across Lite, etc., so there was nothing else I could think to do. I love that I can do tomorrow's puzzle the night before, but also the size of the puzzle on cruciverb.com. It is clear and easy to use. The Mensa grid is smaller and slow to take keystrokes. Also I am set in my ways and want to do my crosswords as I am accustomed. I will take your advice and wait until it returns, but it's interesting how uneasy I became w/o my usual evening crossword. mothra42  :) :) :)
46
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by BJMcBean on April 16, 2018, 07:54:52 PM »
It's not the first time it's happened with the LA Times. Sometimes it takes a few days to get it fixed, but it isn't you.
47
General Support / File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by mothra42 on April 16, 2018, 05:00:26 PM »
Since 4/15/18 I have not been able to get the LAT puzzle. All I get is file does not exist. I am at a loss for fixing this. Please help! Mothra42
48
General Discussion / Re: New to puzzle constructing - advice?
« Last post by Hysc on April 15, 2018, 09:45:30 PM »
Hugely helpful thanks. 
49
General Discussion / Re: New to puzzle constructing - advice?
« Last post by mmcbs on April 15, 2018, 09:14:05 PM »
In my opinion CrosswordGiant.com is the best place to check to see if your theme entries have been used before. It will show the publisher and date for any entry you want to check, and you can then link through to the entire list of entries for that particular puzzle where a quick scan will tell you if the theme is the same (which it may not be even if one theme entry is the same). There are other databases available online, but I think one is the most complete (has a lot more publishers than Cruciverb).
50
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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