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Software / Technical / Re: Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by TamaraSJ on April 20, 2018, 04:31:19 PM »
Thank you for your reply. I take your point -- there is no substitute for time and experience! I will look into enhancing the clue database as you suggest. Thanks again.
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by fkeyeux on April 20, 2018, 04:23:18 PM »
thank you for answering and understood about the workaround you presents

now that i think of this, where/how are you able to get the puz data?
General Discussion / Re: Rebus clues
« Last post by Hysc on April 20, 2018, 01:56:04 PM »
Good point thanks
Software / Technical / Re: Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by mmcbs on April 20, 2018, 01:26:41 PM »
There is a feature under the Words menu that you can use to reduce the point score of words used in this puzzle. So if you reduce them by 1 point, you'll see that your next grid when the word shows up as a possible. I did this for a while, but after you've done a lot of puzzles some of the common words get dropped down quite a bit. You can fix this by the word list manager in which you can change all the words with a particular score to some other score.

BTW, I don't use these devices; I find that after you've built a lot of puzzles you get a pretty good feel for what words you've used quite a bit and can avoid them if desired.

Another thing you can do that is similar but relates to clues is that you can add the clues you've used in a particular puzzle to the clue database (adding a date and puzzle details if desired), then when you clue those words next time you can choose the same clue or a different one, whichever makes more sense.
Software / Technical / Printing word lists from CC
« Last post by TamaraSJ on April 20, 2018, 01:15:53 PM »
Hi! I'm new to Crossword Compiler and to this forum. I'm also not tech-savvy!

I've written several puzzles and would like to make an alphabetical list of the words I have used (trying to avoid excessive repetition), and maybe create my own words list. When I click on "Words" and then "Words and Word Statistics" for a particular puzzle, I get a list of the words used, but there's no means of printing that out, and I don't know how to create a personal words list. I'm sure there's something I'm missing! I would be grateful for any help you can provide.
General Discussion / Re: Rebus clues
« Last post by mmcbs on April 20, 2018, 01:00:50 PM »
I don't think it needs to be that specific, but I wouldn't worry about that, as the editor can easily change the clue.
General Discussion / Rebus clues
« Last post by Hysc on April 20, 2018, 11:27:01 AM »
I am wrapping up my first puzzle, which is a rebus.  Does the revealer clue need to hint that the puzzle is a rebus (ie “.... or a hint to x squares in this puzzle)” or can it be a little more open ended?  Relatedly, are there rebus revealer clue conventions or other rebus advice I should keep in mind?  (Everything is symmetrical, including the placement of the rebus words). Thanks in advance
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by trauer1282 on April 20, 2018, 07:05:59 AM »
Thanks Glennn9999 for posting these (and for fixing the Tuesday puzzle).  I'm grabbing your feed as I'm sure others are while the main feed is on vacation or whatever.

Let me know if you need a break at any point and I'll fill in for you on transcribing/posting. But I'm certainly not going to get anything posted during the wee hours like you've been doing lately!   8)
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by Glenn9999 on April 20, 2018, 01:23:41 AM »
Friday's puzzle...

LA Times, Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Mike McHugh / Ed. Rich Norris
© 2018 Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Place for a guard
American sports org.
Walk or wind preceder
Suffix for the wealthy
Actor who's played a doctor and senator on TV
What captions can capture
*Pay back
Pay homage, in a way
Basil sauce
Teed off
___ Friday's
Like some sale quantities
*Step back
She played Mia in "Pulp Fiction"
"I did it!"
Prefix with thermal
"Puss in Boots" baddie
Brown in a Croce title
Houston suburb named for initials from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
2018 Super Bowl designation
Compared with
Tilling tool
*Snap back
Buttercup family member
Beat at the buzzer
Benching units: Abbr.
Big name in little trucks
Many a UAE resident
Chain with a dog-and-cat logo
One way to drive ... and what the last word of each starred clue really means
Really dug
Command to Rover
Mindless repetition
Gumbo server
Govt. branch
PR firm's forte
'90s-'00s NFL Pro Bowler Warren
Take on
Accts. funded annually, perhaps
Prickly plant
Chi.-based flier
Downhill excursion
Bleach feature
Rapeseed oil
Baking convenience
Winning streak
2003 self-titled folk album
Superman co-creator Jerry
Cones and cubes
Doomed, slangily
Resort near Cape Cod, with "the"
Napoli native
"It's just a scratch"
Outkast, for one
Texter's "Shocking!"
Magna ___
I, O or U
"My goodness!"
Rarely served fish?
Low digit
Archery wood
Uranium-238, e.g.
Beersheba's locale
Female bud
Still being tested, as software
___ interest
"Mind your manners"
Polk's middle name
Support, with "up"
Product of white Muscat grapes
New driver, usually
Continental trade gp.

I noticed there are no circles on the Tuesday grid as posted...this one adds them.

LA Times, Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Roland Huget / Ed. Rich Norris
© 2018 Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Not at all good
Piece-of-cake shape
Tick off
Use a surgical beam
Toward the back
"What I Am" singer Brickell
Welcome wind on a hot day
Grab greedily
Brought back to mind
Migratory flying formations
Dance move
Carrots' partners
Dangerous tide
Airing in the wee hours
Dr.'s orders
Successful cryptographer
Cup handle
Not reactive, as gases
"Best thing since" invention metaphor
Walked with purpose
Typical John Grisham subject
Back talk
Nervous twitches
Retail center
Cigarette stimulant
Neutral shade
Pet without papers ... or what is literally found in the circled letters
Drop of sorrow
Oscar-winning "Skyfall" singer
Family babysitter
Attaches a patch, say
Massenet opera about a Spanish legend
Absolut rival
O'Neill's "Desire Under the __"
Cuba, por ejemplo
Some HD sets
Medal recipient
Poetic preposition before "now" or "long"
Animal on XING signs
Long looks
__ set: building toy
College student's dining choice
Singing competition that returned in 2018, familiarly
"Okay by me"
Letters in old dates
Virgil epic
Flip of a 45 record
Defensive basketball tactic
Praise highly
Up and about
Oyster jewel
Cub Scout leader
Hatcher and Garr
Some Deco prints
College transcript unit
Silvery freshwater fish
Nature excursions
Dot between dollars and cents
Given, as a medal
Rudder locales
Yank's war foe
Earns after taxes
Slushy drink brand
Avian crop
Boardroom VIP
Security breach
Counting rhyme word
June 6, 1944
Collegian who roots for the Bulldogs
General Support / Re: File Does Not Exist!!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by Glenn9999 on April 19, 2018, 10:29:01 PM »
Even better would be for us to post these files in native .puz format, but I'm pretty sure uploading of files is not enabled on the site.

I think about setting up a Dropbox or something like that that serves files (I have a pile of WSJ puzzles I either did PUZ files for that didn't show up at the usual place or put rebus entries into that weren't properly there before.), but keeping relevant files and such there along with bandwidth limits (I've had one suspended in the past for that) and such are a pain to manage when you have a public link you're servicing.  Then there's the consideration of cleaning up the files after they get made from official sources...and the official sources being upset that you're distributing their work.  Quite a pain indeed.
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