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General Support / Is there any help on this website?
« Last post by Econdoc2 on April 08, 2014, 06:21:28 PM »

* I have registered.
* I am logged in.
* I cannot view or download any puzzle from the LA Times. (Click on LA Times in upper right corner.) 
Nothing happens. 
There really should be some YouTube video or simple help file that explains how this works (if it does!)
Today's Puzzles / Tue., 4/8 Chapnick & DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on April 08, 2014, 09:00:44 AM »
THEME:   both first and last word of a phrase rhyme with a long E
Cinque e uno   SEI [not expected of an English speaker, but 5+1 = 6 works in both languages]   
RATING:    :'(
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Does the puzzle database include access to entire puzzles (e.g. in .puz format) or is it just a database of clues, etc for puzzle constructors?

The description of the puzzle database indicates the ability to do various searches for constructors. It does not say that whole puzzles are kept there. Are they?

Point is - I am not a big crossword constructor. I am simply looking for puzzles to solve. Should I get a gold membership?
Today's Puzzles / Mon., 4/7 Jack McInturff
« Last post by magus on April 07, 2014, 09:11:20 AM »
THEME:   two-word phrases with C and Fo as initial letters, respectively
Exec. moneyman {& theme}   CFO   
ESOS is not used in our language.   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 4/6 Chapnick & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 06, 2014, 09:04:54 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is synonymous with abode
"The Living End" is an apt title as is the theme entry HOME SWEET HOME   
Wise leader?   OTHER   
Dancer Sally with just a few fans?   RAND [an old-time fan dancer]   
Mortgage feature?   SILENT T   
Form letters?   IRS [they have many forms]   
Play in a line   SLACK [not "act" or "cavort"]
John on the farm   DEERE [I thought some sort of outhouse]   
Plug in the den?   TV AD [since TV's are all over the house these days, I'd go with "Medium plug?" --- maybe that would be too tough]   
Say somethin', say?   ELIDE [left off the G]   
Matched shirts and skirts?   RHYMED   
Bed with bars   BABY CRIB [we say only CRIB since only one piece of furniture is possible when using that term --- as opposed to baby carriage since there are many kinds of carriages]   
Anti-doping targets, briefly   PEDS [are the targets of performance enhancing drugs the drugs or the users?]   
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 puzzleanywhere on April 06, 2014, 07:29:25 AM »
Hi, this is Ben from Stand Alone. Just wanted to let anyone who was unclear as to how we're doing things know, we're not circumventing anything in the app. To download from Cruciverb in Crosswords, you need to log into the site using a standard web page, and navigate to the puzzle you're looking for. It's nearly identical to the experience in Mac OS or Windows.

General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by coralsun on April 05, 2014, 09:12:35 PM »
jamegood, If you're accessing it through the Crosswords app it won't work.  You have to leave the app, go to the Safari (or other) browser, then open, then sign in and tap on it and download.  That's working for me, once I figured it out.  I hope this helps.
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 4/5 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on April 05, 2014, 08:41:45 AM »
THEME:   none, but 30 blocks
Crucible setting   LAB [I thought the play and paid no attention to the missing "The"]   
Wind up on a stage?   OBOE [short i]   
Crossing LARS with EADS is unsporting though I guessed LARS because it's a familiar name.   
Crossing YAY with NYS is also unsportsmanlike given "Mt. Marcy" is hardly Mt. Rushmore and YAY is anybody's guess.   
[lest you think my carping is sour grapes, I solved this guy perfectly in ink]   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Discussion / Re: methods of crossword construction
« Last post by crossWORDboss on April 04, 2014, 03:24:59 PM »
It's always good to start raw and then gradually work your way into the use of software. Using paper and pencil as a newbie may help you to see more of the insides of what crossword constructing is all about.

General Discussion / Re: Is "ACERATE' a good word for a themeless?
« Last post by crossWORDboss on April 04, 2014, 03:14:23 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.

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