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General Discussion / Re: $500 Crossword Prize
« Last post by XWordHobbyist on January 24, 2018, 09:59:53 AM »
Do you have more information on this opportunity? I would definitely be interested!
General Discussion / Revisiting themes already covered
« Last post by diprince on January 21, 2018, 10:12:04 AM »
Hi all

Beginner constructor here (so I hope I'm not posting a topic that's already been discussed at length before) with a quick question: Can specific themes be used only once? I understand the themed answers should not be repeated, but if the themes are exact, can they still be used? Or, if a particular themed puzzle has been published in one outlet, does that restrict its publication in another outlet?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

General Discussion / Re: New constructor's question
« Last post by RichP on January 15, 2018, 10:51:53 PM »
I started using the xwordinfo wordlist in Crossfire with a "min fill word score" of 50, and it made finding a clean, fillable grid much easier.
General Discussion / Re: theme answers lengths
« Last post by RichP on January 15, 2018, 10:48:56 PM »
I don't think there is an ideal number. Typical 15x15 have at least three, usually four, and can have many more. Your themers should be paired, so you want to include a 14-letter seed, you need two of that length. You can have one that is not the same length, right in the middle of the grid (but, in my experience, those grids can  tough to fill cleanly). Really, the answer to your original question is, " as many as you can fit, and still have a really clean grid!"
General Discussion / Re: $500 Crossword Prize
« Last post by RichP on January 15, 2018, 10:44:41 PM »
Yes, if you were paying $500 per puzzle, you would certainly find many constructors would be willing to submit puzzles to you.
General Discussion / $500 Crossword Prize
« Last post by mysteriouspublication on January 13, 2018, 01:51:46 PM »
Hello.  I am looking to publish crossword puzzles, and want to pay $500 per puzzle.  The idea is that this will become a prestigious place to be published, like the NY Times.  Would the crossword community support this?  I would do this for the foreseeable future, eventually once a month.

On a related note, I want to bring on an expert in the field to act as editor for this.  Where should I be looking?  Thank you.
General Discussion / theme answers lengths
« Last post by horkrat on January 13, 2018, 01:06:41 PM »
hey all,

I came up with six theme answers, and have two questions:

  • what's the ideal # of theme answers? four? six does feel like a bit much when I'm squeezing that many 10+ letter words in the puzzle

  • can you create a puzzle with letter counts like: 15x1, 14x1, 13x1, 11x2, 10x1? it seems like with standard symmetry you can only have ONE 15, and then PAIRS of other answer lengths. maybe you can get around this with other kinds of symmetry?
interested in any opinions, thank you!
General Support / Re: 2018 WSJ link?
« Last post by mmcbs on January 11, 2018, 11:31:32 AM »
You can also get them online or PDF at
General Support / Re: 2018 WSJ link?
« Last post by phil262 on January 11, 2018, 07:56:03 AM »
General Support / Re: 2018 WSJ link?
« Last post by phil262 on January 07, 2018, 09:32:30 AM »
The puzzles are out there but it looks like the 2018 fleetingimage webpage hasn't been created yet.

Individual puzzles are at these links:

You just need to change the date in the URL everyday
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