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General Discussion / Re: Unfillable Grid
« Last post by j88keys on September 16, 2014, 05:40:34 PM »
Thanks Bill- From what you describe, CrossFire works the same way- just glad to know that there's not an "easier fix" that I'm not taking advantage of in the software. Thanks for your response.

JIM
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General Support / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by barbara6020 on September 16, 2014, 09:22:33 AM »
Thank you!
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 9/16 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on September 16, 2014, 09:09:52 AM »
THEME:   letter run TEG in random phrases
   
   
Regain {& theme}   GET BACK [the idea is that GET is spelled backwards; problem is that the entry doesn't say that; perhaps if GET were in the "back" or end of the word]   
   
   
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 / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by Fed on September 15, 2014, 09:55:14 PM »
It works!  Thanks
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General Support / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by admin on September 15, 2014, 07:28:28 PM »
Fixed. Sorry for the wait and the convenience.
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General Discussion / Re: Unfillable Grid
« Last post by wbg on September 15, 2014, 09:19:56 AM »
To my knowledge, CC does not tell you where the problem is.  That might not be a simple question to answer.  I don't know the filling algorithm used by any of these programs, but I suspect it's pretty much brute force.  CC uses a fair amount of processor power when it's working.  At some point, it gives up.  Seems to work on a section of the puzzle at a time.  Maybe it could say what quadrant it was on when it quit, but you can tell that just by watching it (assuming it at least tries to fill for awhile, which I know it doesn't always do).  Anyway, as a general matter, while there may be a word or two that could be changed and thereby make the grid fillable,  I don't think the software has any idea which ones they would be.  Seems like the theme answers are usually the killers.  Try backing them out one at a time, maybe?

That's not much help, sorry, and I should point out that I'm very new at this.

Alas, I don't think there is a version of CC that runs on Macs.

Bill
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 9/15 Don Rosenthal
« Last post by magus on September 15, 2014, 09:04:25 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase can be a receptacle for beer
   
GOOD ONES:    
Brew found in increasing quantities {theme}   BEER   
   
BTW:   
Scat legend   ELLA [I think constructors really know nothing about Ella Fitzgerald except the little scatting she did at the end of her fine singing career.  Her greatest singing on record is not scat, and she was a living legend before she and Luis Armstrong, a gifted trumpeter, tried the silly jazz vocalization which died before they did.]   
   
Don must be a francophile:  AMI, ETE, and ILE.  Not being so inclined, I'd clue them as follows:  "Old soap, Bon ___"; "Gam end?"; and "Percent plus?"   
   
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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General Discussion / Unfillable Grid
« Last post by j88keys on September 14, 2014, 05:24:10 PM »
Hi all-

Just curious about software (I use CrossFire). When the software alerts you that the grid is *unfillable* is there a way to determine where the source of the problem is? For instance, if I knew what entry was holding it back from being fillable, perhaps I could find a word not currently in my .dict file to suffice or rearrange black squares appropriately. If I don't know what the source of the problem is, it's guesswork.

Is this a feature that is in Crossword Compiler? If so, I might figure out a way to invest in that software to use on Mac.

Thanks--

JIM Q
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 9/14 Matt Skoczen
« Last post by LARadioRewind on September 14, 2014, 04:07:23 PM »
Does Merl Reagle visit this site? Did he read my comments about all the two- and three-letter words that appear so frequently in crosswords? Was it just coincidence that his puzzle in last Sunday's Los Angeles Times had no words shorter than five letters?

Today's Sunday puzzle is back to "normal"---Reagle used ABBA, AGE, ARC, DNA, EAU, EGO and ERA. He also used a word that I have never before seen in a puzzle: SNIED. Many times a puzzle maker will wind up with an unusual combination of letters for one answer. Instead of reworking that part of the grid, he'll try to find some way to compose a clue for the unusual word. One example from last week is ATAN. The clue was "____ angle." Today, rather than rework the puzzle to avoid having to use SNIED as an answer, Reagle clued the word by referencing a line from the Beatles' I Am The Walrus: "See how they run, see how they ____." If John Lennon had not made up that word, Reagle would have had no choice but to come up with a different word!
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General Support / Errors in Sunday Across Lite puzzle listings
« Last post by pattybee on September 14, 2014, 10:31:28 AM »
Merl Reagle
link: http://www.sundaycrosswords.com/ccpuz/MPuz.php

No Across Lite version available. Should be listed under "Other puzzles."

Not complaining, mind you. Just trying to help tidy up.
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