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General Discussion / Re: Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by chd on March 06, 2017, 11:53:25 AM »
Thanks -- yeah, I agree it's not very good. I'll try to avoid that sort of thing if possible. Right now I'm just building a few practice puzzles to get a feel for what works and what doesn't, and what sorts of things turn into problems as I get farther into it.

Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by packs on March 06, 2017, 10:27:22 AM »
Thanks all.  Good feedback.  I'll definitely jump on the mailing list.
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General Discussion / Re: Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 06, 2017, 07:57:22 AM »
Usually, if it's a superfluous article, it's a bad idea.  In other words, if the word could stand alone it's better to do it that way.  Especially when you consider most editors policies on partial phrases...

As for ADEN, you could refer to the port city of Yemen as many others have done.  THERAP as you have described is a bad idea in general, though it has been clued as [some can beat it].

Just my thoughts, though...YMMV.
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General Discussion / Cluing conventions for answers with "a" or "the"?
« Last post by chd on March 05, 2017, 01:57:00 PM »
Hi,

I'm brand new at this, and trying to do things by the book if possible. What's the convention for cluing answers that include "a" or "the"? I try to avoid them in the first place, but that needs more practice too.

DEN might be "a place to find cubs", but would you clue ADEN differently?

I also have THERAP as "___ sheet; police record" -- I don't really like it in general, but is it acceptable in terms of form?

Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 04, 2017, 10:18:39 AM »
I would suggest that you join the mailing list here and send your question out on the mailing list. 

If it works, that is...
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by dps on March 03, 2017, 10:21:23 PM »
It's very well-known to me as a Californian, and I'd certainly allow it in the Orange County Register!  Not sure how famous it is outside of California, tho.

--David Steinberg
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General Discussion / Re: First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by fggoldston on March 03, 2017, 05:46:01 PM »
As long as it is 'real' and well enough known most editors would accept it.  When I google it, it has pretty good hits - and if you're selling it to a S California newspaper I would think that it would work even better.  One thing though, I have only sold a few puzzles, so my experience is rather limited.  I would suggest that you join the mailing list here and send your question out on the mailing list.  Everyone you've ever heard of in the world of US puzzledom is on that list and most are very helpful and quick to answer.  In here it might take a little longer to get a response.
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Today's Puzzles / The March 3 crossword takes flight
« Last post by Thomps2525 on March 03, 2017, 04:55:14 PM »
Alex Eaton-Sainers' first published crossword appeared in November 2016 in the Los Angeles Times. The theme was "Tumbleweeds" and each of four long answers included various cominations of the letters W, E, E and D. His crossword today includes five answers which have no clue. The last answer in the grid is UFOS and the unclued answers are BIPLANE, GOODYEARBLIMP, HANGGLIDER, HELICOPTER and HOTAIRBALLOON. They are literally "unidentified flying objects," at least as far as this puzzle is concerned.

"Infantry equipment carrier" is BUTTPACK, a word I have never seen in a crossword until today. Certainly someone could have come up with a better name than that! "Color on le drapeau français" is BLEU, which is not used in English. "Judge's address" is HERHONOR -- but that is wrong. A judge is addressed as "Your Honor." The term "Her Honor" would be used in speaking about a female judge, not to her. I'm reminded of a scene in a Three Stooges comedy where Curly is appearing before a judge and starts to explain what he did: "Well, it's like this, My Honor....." The bailiff corrects him, "Not My Honor -- Your Honor." Curly says, "Why? Don't you like him?"

"Happy Valley airer" is BBC. The crime drama stars Catherine Cawood as a police sergeant in Calder Valley, West Yorkshire in northern England. Because of the valley's drug problem, local police call the area "Happy Valley." Six episodes aired in 2014, six more episodes aired in 2016 and there are plans for more episodes in 2018. The series aired on BBC One and, in the United States, on Netflix.

"Lenore poet" is POE. In 1831, Edgar Allan Poe published A Paean, a short poem about a young man expressing grief over the death of his wife. Her name was not given. In 1843, Poe published a revised, and lengthier, version of the poem. It was titled Lenore and the person mourning the young woman's death is her fiancé. The poem can be seen at The Literature Network website -- it includes the word "peccāvimus," Latin for "We have sinned."

http://www.online-literature.com/poe/574/

Lenore appears again in Poe's The Raven, published in January 1845. Poe wrote, "I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore." I do that same thing when I'm forced to look up crossword puzzle answers relating to names and terms I'm unfamiliar with!
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General Support / R.I.P., CrosSynergy
« Last post by OwenKL on March 03, 2017, 05:57:57 AM »
Anyone know the skinny on this? I'm aware CS ceased Feb.28, 2017, and the Washington Post site has (temporarily? permanently?) replaced it with the L.A. Times puzzle, but I'm curious why CS ended a 20-year run.
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General Discussion / First-timer needs a bit of help
« Last post by packs on March 02, 2017, 06:01:54 PM »
Hi all!  I just decided one day to write a crossword.  I've completed about 4 but all of them have issues.  The 15x I'm working on now, I'm trying to make it high quality.  I was struggling with a theme answer (15 letters) so i switched it out and the new answer makes everything fall into place.  I'm not sure the new answer is very good though so i decided to create an account here and ask this community of experts!  The answer is THEINLANDEMPIRE

Thoughts?  Is it usable?

Thanks!
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