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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 10/9 Robert E. Lee Morris
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 09, 2014, 05:01:26 PM »
I'm always impressed when a puzzle maker can come up with a theme that involves various combinations of the letters of a particular word. I'm impressed that he can come up with the idea in the first place and I'm impressed that he can come up with the theme answers and I'm impressed that he can make them fit in the puzzle. That's a lot of being impressed!

Today's puzzle used four brand names, names which used to be taboo in crosswords: IBM, ATRA, QUIK and USA (as in the newspaper USA TODAY). One of the phrases in the puzzle was NOTIME, clued with "Seconds flat." People often say that something was done "in no time at all" but that isn't possible---everything takes some amount of time. That's the logician in me speaking.

Today's New York Times crossword by Samuel A. Donaldson was even more impressive than the puzzle mentioned above. The theme answers were ARODEF, TEMLEH, ORERBMOS, EKLUMRAY and REKLATSREED. The clue for 61-across was "Go crazy---or a hint on how to enter five answers in this puzzle." Get it?

The answer: FLIPONESLID. Flip one's lid, "lid" being an old slang term for a hat.
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Software / Technical / Re: Comparison of CW Construction Software
« Last post by acpracht on October 09, 2014, 10:46:54 AM »
Dollar for dollar, I'm in the Crossword Compiler camp, and I've tried pretty much all of these. For what it's worth....
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Software / Technical / Re: Best software for one-time constructor
« Last post by acpracht on October 09, 2014, 10:40:11 AM »
There's a free one out there called "MagnumOpus" that's a free constructor with autofill. It's really slow, but it might do what you need.
You could also just take advantage of the demo version of Crossword Compiler.
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General Discussion / Re: "NCA" -- Will Shortz accept?
« Last post by acpracht on October 09, 2014, 10:31:41 AM »
There's plenty of "NCA" organizations out there, the most common of which seems to be the "National Cheerleaders Association," but it's doubtful that it would be taken as familiar to a general puzzling audience.
How about "End of the Peruvian natives?" (INCA)
?
Or same, replacing "natives" with "empire."
That seems more likely as a clue Will would take.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 10/9 Robert E. Lee Morris
« Last post by magus on October 09, 2014, 08:52:55 AM »
THEME:   phrases containing anagram of TRAIN   
      
GOOD ONES:       
Calamity {& theme}   TRAIN WRECK [in a way the spelling of TRAIN is wrecked]      
      
      
RATING: ;D      
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun      
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General Discussion / "NCA" -- Will Shortz accept?
« Last post by Corrleone on October 08, 2014, 10:58:50 PM »
It's my only stumbling block. What's the clue?
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General Discussion / Seeking a mentor
« Last post by acpracht on October 08, 2014, 12:57:28 PM »
Hi,
I'm new to crossword creation and am using a full version of Crossword Compiler as an aid to grid creation so that I can get to where I think my strength lies: cluing.
I've created a 21x21, a 15x15 and am in the middle of one of each of the same.
Before I spend a whole lot more time on this, I'm trying to get some feedback from someone who knows about whether I'm actually any good at this.
Would someone be willing to look at a puzzle or two of mine and let me know what you think?
Thank you!
-Adam
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 10/7 Toth & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on October 08, 2014, 08:41:52 AM »
His name was Roy G. Biv and he was the most colorful guy on the block.  Oddly, when he was green with envy he'd get red in the face.  He married the girl across the street, Violet.   :-[
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/8 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on October 08, 2014, 08:33:13 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase is a type of eclipse
   
GOOD ONES:     
{theme}   ECLIPSE   
Picked-up pickup, perhaps {phew!}   REPO     
   
   
RATING:    ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 10/6 Jerome Gunderson
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 07, 2014, 05:23:04 PM »
I can think of only one hit single about a saloon: the Oak Ridge Boys' Y'All Come Back Saloon in 1977. Nine years earlier, Paul McCartney sang about how the title character in Rocky Raccoon "booked himself a room in the local saloon." I thought the word was pretty much obsolete, outside of Western movies and novels. If bar-goers in 2014 still use the word "saloon," then I officially withdraw my objection to the use of that word in a puzzle.

Now...tell me about those t-shirts. People actually pay money for t-shirts so they can wear the shirts in public and provide free advertising for the bars? What a great deal for those bartenders! :)
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