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General Discussion / Answer too brief?
« Last post by cranberry44 on January 01, 2018, 03:06:23 PM »
I'm almost finished with a 15 X 15. But I have an entry for "pcline" (for Patsy Cline). Clue is "Walkin' After Midnight" singer, briefly. Have you seen this kind of brevity before? Is this acceptable? If not, perhaps clue should be written for "pc line"; but I'm not computer-savy enough to form a definition. It has something to do with hooking up speakers, I think. Can you help?
Software / Technical / Re: across lite app for Kindle or Chromebook
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on December 21, 2017, 10:18:47 AM »
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an option officially through the NYT crossword at this time.

With a Chromebook, would you be able to solve it in browser? It's not ideal, but may hold you over until Across lite comes out for those operating systems.

Update: after a little more searching, there does seem to be an app through Amazon. The reviews are mixed, but perhaps it will suit your needs!
Software / Technical / Re: Recommendations for crossword software on Mac
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on December 21, 2017, 10:10:25 AM »
If you'd like a program you don't have to download at all, check out Crossword Hobbyist! Not only can you save as you go and access your puzzles from any computer, you can easily print or share your puzzle online. Let us know if you have any questions!
General Discussion / Re: Themeless Submissions... ?
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on December 21, 2017, 10:03:14 AM »
I don't know if this is still helpful to you, but there's a couple on this list that also accept themeless puzzles:
Today's Puzzles / The introspective December 18 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 18, 2017, 05:22:57 PM »
Brock Wilson has been creating crosswords since 2015. Most of his puzzles have been published on Mondays. Garfield may not like Mondays but Brock Wilson certainly does. Today's puzzle includes these answers:

Even-steven: ALLSQUARE
Is totally in the dark: HASNOCLUE
Shunning public utilities and such: GOINGOFFTHEGRID
Respond to cries of "Encore!": DOANOTHERNUMBER

"Where to find the last words" of those answers is CROSSWORDPUZZLE. Indeed -- not only today but every day.

Three formerly-taboo-in-crosswords brand names appear today: EGGO, ("Toaster waffle choice"), SAAB ("Classic 900 automaker") and JEEPS ("Cherokee and Wrangler"). "'Say what?' responses" is HUHS. Many people say "Huh?" when they don't hear something clearly but turning the word into a noun and making it plural in order to fit a crossword grid? Awkward. "Twelfths of yrs." is MOS, which is also awkward -- but not as awkward as HUHS. "Like used fireplaces" is ASHY, another awkward word.

"Word before toast or after peach" is MELBA. Melba toast is a dry, crisp, thinly-sliced toast often served with soup or salad. Peach melba is a dessert made with vanilla ice cream, peaches and raspberry purée. Both were created for -- and named for -- Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931). She was born Helen Porter Mitchell in Victoria and took the stage name Nellie Melba as a tribute to Melbourne, where she lived as a teenager. She performed at Covent Garden in London for 37 years. Here is a detailed biography:

Christmas is just one week away. The Puzzles To Print website has a selection of printable Christmas-themed crosswords, sudokus and word-search puzzles:

And how do we know Santa Claus is good at karate? He has a black belt.

Etc. / What's your favorite day of the week for crosswords?
« Last post by ryanspuzzles on December 16, 2017, 12:53:20 PM »
Posted this on Reddit a moment ago. I love my themeless puzzles so I'm always looking forward to Saturday.
Software / Technical / Re: Recommendations for crossword software on Mac
« Last post by JTGolden on December 07, 2017, 09:10:32 PM »
Crossword Express is an amazing program — thank you!
General Discussion / Re: Words too obscure? DINGES and GRIGRI
« Last post by cranberry44 on December 07, 2017, 05:28:19 PM »
I don't know if this helps any; but "grigri," per Wikipedia, is an alternate spelling of "gris-gris," which is a Voodoo amulet.
In New Orleans, I have heard people use this word in re: some so-called Voodoo trinkets they sell down there.
Software / Technical / Re: Recommendations for crossword software on Mac
« Last post by Crossword Express on December 06, 2017, 11:13:52 PM »
I am the author of a program called Crossword Express (CWE). It is a Java program which means that it will run equally well on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. You can create puzzles manually or automatically, or you can preset certain themed words, and allow CWE to complete the construction process. A wide range of output options is available including the ability to print a submission document according to NYT specifications.

CWE does much more than make crosswords. It can create Acrostics, Word-search, Sudoku, Killer Sudoku, and Minesweeper puzzles plus a number of lesser known puzzles, some 28 puzzle types in all.

Web-Apps can be exported by CWE to permit the publishing of interactive Crosswords and Sudokus on the 'net. Numerous additional Web-Apps are planned for the future.

It is distributed as Freeware which means that you are not obliged to pay for it, although contributions would naturally be welcome.

I would be happy to receive suggestions for program enhancements which would make the program even more suitable for puzzle developers.
General Discussion / Re: Words too obscure? DINGES and GRIGRI
« Last post by Glenn9999 on December 06, 2017, 01:13:06 AM »
In my view they are too obscure.
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