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Etc. / WSJ 2017 Puzzle Statistics
« Last post by Glenn9999 on March 10, 2018, 12:17:02 PM »
For those that are interested, I analyzed all the 2017 Wall Street Journal crosswords and came up with some data regarding words/answers and clues.

https://glenncrossblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/wall-street-journal-crossword-most-used-words-for-2017/

This one has some information about the most used words/answers.  For instance, ERA and ORE both occurred 34 times.

https://glenncrossblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/wall-street-journal-crossword-clue-stats-for-2017/

This one has some stats regarding clues.  The first list is repetition in clues (i.e. same clue, same answer).  For instance, ALOT appeared with the clue [Heaps] 7 times.  The second list involves diversity of cluing (i.e. words that appeared with the most number of different clues).  For instance, the word ORE was clued 30 different ways in 2017.

I would have loved to look at some other sources, but I didn't have PUZ files available for that entire year.  Those were all the questions I had, if anyone has something different, they're always free to suggest. 
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General Discussion / Re: $500 Crossword Prize
« Last post by uneequeone on February 22, 2018, 07:05:09 PM »
You need to carefully read the post...eventually once a month?  If you are not getting accepted now Good luck getting accepted with only twelve puzzles a year.

Don't get so excited.

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Etc. / Re: Looking for a man named Bill B.......?
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on February 15, 2018, 12:43:05 PM »
You're looking for Bill Butler at LAXCrossword.com!

https://www.laxcrossword.com
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Today's Puzzles / Honest, it's the February 12 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 12, 2018, 05:47:36 PM »
Jerry Edelstein has created many clever crosswords. A puzzle titled "Half moon" included phrases which began with MO and ended with ON. The grid of a puzzle titled "Square roots" included several areas where a square of four spaces contained the letters R, O, O and T. Today's crossword isn't clever -- but that's okay. Instead, it's historical. Here are the theme answers:

Trifling matters: PENNYANTESTUFF
Focal point in a theater: CENTERSTAGE
John Paul Jones was a commander in it: CONTINENTALNAVY
May observance for those who died in military service: MEMORIALDAY

"Statesman born 2/12/1809 whose surname can precede the starts" of those answers is ABRAHAMLINCOLN. The nickname of our 16th President was "Honest Abe." In Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and New York, Lincoln's birthday is a state holiday. It has never been a federal holiday, however. The birthday of our first President, George Washington (February 22, 1732) is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. Most states now call that Monday "Presidents Day" to honor both Lincoln and Washington but the federal government continues to observe the day as "George Washington's Birthday." Here are 11 humorous quotes attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57794/11-abe-lincolns-favorite-stories

"Trite" is OVERUSED -- and the puzzle includes several words which are overused. But then, every crossword includes several overused words. Today's includes NEE ("Originally named"),LON ("Chaney of horror"), ELF ("North Pole worker"). CSI ("TV forensic series"), MCI ("1101, to Romans"), EATS ("Has a midnight snack, say"), ERNES ("Diving seabirds"), AREA ("Side squared, for a square"), STET ("Editor's 'never mind'") and ENOLA ("WWII bomber ___ Gay").

The Enola Gay is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber and was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, during the final stages of World War II, the Enola Gay dropped a bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the Enola Gay dropped a bomb on Nagasaki. The pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbetts, named the aircraft after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets. She was named after the title character in Mary Young Ridenbaugh's 1886 novel Enola; or, Her Fatal Mistake. The plane is on display at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.

In closing, allow me to ask: Why is Abraham Lincoln like a bloodhound tracking a criminal? They're both on the cent.

(Bad, I know.)




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Etc. / Looking for a man named Bill B.......?
« Last post by mothra42 on February 11, 2018, 11:48:25 PM »
I am looking for the name of a crossword favorite named Bill. Last name starts w/ a B, but can't remember the rest. He usually did the daily LATimes puzzle, then the correct answers, w/ appropriate info for difficult  or arcane clues. He also answered messages from readers. When I gave up on puzzles, I lost his info. Now I'm doing puzzles again and would like to locate this man. Appreciate any help! Mothra42 :(
56
Software / Technical / I lost "Mr Happy Pencil"!!
« Last post by Rickysa on February 05, 2018, 08:45:28 AM »
I had to re-download acrosslite and when doing so, I got the .jpz format....No "Happy Pencil"!!

anybody know a fix?
57
General Discussion / Re: Need advice re: phrase
« Last post by ryanspuzzles on February 04, 2018, 02:09:01 PM »
Just thinking out loud here: Would I'M A BEAST work in that spot?
58
General Discussion / Re: Need advice re: phrase
« Last post by siddharthinfosys on February 03, 2018, 04:29:11 AM »
Should I, instead, list the countries as the clue? Any suggestions?
59
Etc. / Finding an old acrostic from the NYT
« Last post by BGoldstein on February 02, 2018, 10:21:26 AM »
I have a picture taken sometime between September1964 and April 1965 that contains about a third of a NYT Sunday Acrostic.

I wonder if there are archives of puzzles that far back, as I'd like to pin down the particular Sunday of the photo.

The acrostic portion of the picture is attached. (Well, it's not, because the post option apparently has a problem with attachments.)

Thanks.

BG
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Etc. / Finding an old acrostic from the NYT
« Last post by BGoldstein on February 02, 2018, 10:21:00 AM »
I have a picture taken sometime between September1964 and April 1965 that contains about a third of a NYT Sunday Acrostic.

I wonder if there are archives of puzzles that far back, as I'd like to pin down the particular Sunday of the photo.

The acrostic portion of the picture is attached. (Well, it's not, because the post option apparently has a problem with attachments.)

Thanks.

BG
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