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Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by Jerry E. Rosman on October 04, 2016, 03:38:29 PM »
Mark, THANKS!!!  For some reason my Brother printer went from "General Print" to "Manual Print Setting" which evidently fill in spaces.

Thanks again,  Jerry
General Discussion / Re: Jonesin'?
« Last post by BGoldstein on October 04, 2016, 08:24:53 AM »
The link on the Cruciverb site has been useless for a long time. I mean the dormancy on the Jonesin' site itself (!forum/jonesin-crosswords)
General Discussion / Jonesin'?
« Last post by BGoldstein on October 04, 2016, 08:23:34 AM »
Jonesin' has been dormant for a couple of weeks.

Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by mmcbs on October 03, 2016, 02:47:25 PM »
Kinda guessing at this, but if you can see the puzzle in Crossword Compiler and the black squares look OK there, but when you print it, they don't, I think the problem may be in your printer settings, perhaps some kind of ink-saver setting or draft printing setting. Do you get the same result when you create a grid in Compiler then print it? There is a setting in Compiler to change the color of the blank squares (can make them white if you want to), but you would see that on the screen before you printed it, and I don't think that would get changed by accident.
Software / Technical / Crossword Compiler Printing
« Last post by Jerry E. Rosman on October 03, 2016, 12:58:02 AM »
I have no idea if I am the cause of my problem or not.  Without warning, when printing a NYT, LAT or any other puzzle whether in AcrossLite or a PDF version -- the blocks are only printed by having bold lines on their perimeters with white, not black fills.

The grid numbers are not affected.

All other Crossword Compiler functions appear to work appropriately.

Any ideas what can be done to have the blocks appear as solid black blocks?

TIA, Jerry
General Discussion / dictionaries for Crossfire
« Last post by dade36 on October 01, 2016, 04:18:57 PM »
This seems basic, but I cannot figure out how to use Crossfire's (for Mac, not Windows) "sample fill" or word pattern lookup functions. Does it have a built in dictionary? Do I somehow direct it to a dictionary? I also have the helpful and massive Crossword's Dictionary and Gazetteer. Is there a way to use the two together? Sorry for basic questions, but thanks in advance.
Etc. / Re: Which publisher is represented by "sn" in the Puzzle Database?
« Last post by dps on September 26, 2016, 11:16:29 PM »
I'm pretty sure SN is Newsday (Stan Newman)
Today's Puzzles / September 25: A new brand of crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 25, 2016, 04:41:45 PM »
In today's crossword by C.C. Burnikel, "Corporate identifier" is TRADEMARK. Nine answers -- ten, if you include TRADEMARK -- are phrases with the initials TM. Among them are TRACKMEET, TENNISMATCH, TEXTMESSAGE, TIGERMOTH and TREASUREMAP.

A trademark is a recognizable name, sign, design, phrase or logo which identifies a particular product or service, such as the CBS eye, the NBC peacock, the Nike swoosh, the Target target and the Apple Computer apple. A trademark which is considered "common-law" by virtue of its continued usage but has not been formally registered is identified by ™ and a registered trademark is identified by ®. Modern trademark laws originated in France in 1857.  Information about trademarks is available on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website at

"Per each" is APOP. Again. That phrase appears in two or three puzzles each week, along with ELHI, which means "elementary school through high school." I have never seen or heard APOP or ELHI -- or ASEA or AROAR -- other than in crossword puzzles. "Newspapers, radio, etc." is OLDMEDIA. Yes, I suppose so, but that answer is awkward, as well as a bit disrespectful. Many of us still enjoy newspapers and radio. "Mama of pop" is CASS. Cass Elliot, born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a member of the Mamas & Papas, whose 1960s hits included Monday Monday, California Dreamin', Words Of Love, I Saw Her Again and Creeque Alley. Cass died of a heart attack in 1974. She did not, as a popular rumor claims, choke to death on a ham sandwich.

"Youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate __ Yousafzai"  is MALALA. Born in 1997 in northwest Pakistan, Malala defied the local Taliban by demanding that girls be allowed to receive an education. The Taliban issued a death threat against her and then, when she was 15, shot her in the head. She survived and continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and again in 2014. She was a co-recipient of the Peace Prize in 2014 along with education activist Kailash Satyarthi. In 2013, Malala wrote a book, I Am Malala, which was banned in Pakistan's schools for "disrespecting Islam" and having a "negative influence." She now attends school in Birmingham, England, and continues to fight for women's rights. Details of her life and her goal of ensuring that all girls receive 12 years of education can be found at

And thus ends today's discussion. Now I'm going to go practice my transcendental meditation. TM, get it? Never mind.
General Discussion / Re: New website where to solve and create crosswords
« Last post by Thunder on September 24, 2016, 02:53:49 AM »
Nice, how often do new crosswords get put up?
Today's Puzzles / The September 23 crossword: Mm-Mm good!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 23, 2016, 05:01:33 PM »
Today's crossword by Jeffrey Wechsler adds an M sound to five familiar phrases. In four of the phrases, the spelling had to be changed:

How a snail moves? ONTHESLIME
Comprehensive text on mints? TICTACTOME
Reaction to Bugs' continued evasiveness? ELMERSGLOOM
Seminal discovery by sports historians? THEFIRSTTEAM
"I plotted against Caesar completely on my own!"? CASSIUSCLAIM

Gaius Cassius Longinus (85 BC-42 BC) was the Roman senator who led the plot to kill Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Empire. The crossword answer references  heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay (1942-2016). In 1964, Clay joined the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim organization, and its leader Elijah Muhammad (birth name: Elijah Poole) gave Clay the new name Muhammad Ali. "Muhammad" means "One who is worthy of phrase." After receiving the new name, Ali announced that "Cassius Clay" was his "slave name."

ELMERSGLOOM references Elmer Fudd, cartoon nemesis of Bugs Bunny: "Ooh, some day I'm going to get that wascally wabbit!" In 1936, Borden created Elsie the Cow as a mascot for their dairy products. Four years later, a mate was created for Elsie. Elmer the Bull became the mascot of Borden's chemical products division. Elmer's Glue-All was introduced in 1947. Let's have a show of hands: How many of you have ever had a bottle of glue with a top that did not get clogged so badly that you had to get a utensil to remove the solidified glue? Well? Nobody? Yeah, that's what I thought.

THEFIRSTTEAM references The First Tee, a youth development organization which "teaches life skills and leadership through golf," although I'm not sure how anyone can learn life skills by using a club to hit a ball into a hole.....and then doing it again.....and again.....and again.....and again.....

"You got me there" is SOIDO. "So I do"? Huh?  "A in Acapulco" is UNA, which is not used in English. "Milwaukee: mine :: Marseilles: ___" is AMOI, which is not used in English. "Part of un giorno" is ORA. Those are the Italian words for "day" and "hour," respectively, and are not used in English. "Some kissing sounds" is MWAHS, which is an awkward answer, although singer/actress Dinah Shore hosted four different tv variety series (1951-61, 1970-74, 1974-80, 1989-92)  and ended each telecast by blowing a big "Mwah!" kiss to the studio audience and the tv viewers.

Okay, that's all for today. And I'm sorry if I disappoint anyone but I'm not going to blow a kiss. That was Dinah's shtick, not mine.
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