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General Support / Re: Transferring CCW program to new computer
« Last post by mmcbs on July 11, 2017, 10:01:33 PM »
I believe David is right, but if you're still having difficulty by all means contact Antony Lewis; he's always responsive and helpful. BTW if you are not on version 10, I highly recommend it - nice improvements over previous versions.

General Support / Re: Transferring CCW program to new computer
« Last post by stickler on July 11, 2017, 06:46:10 PM »

On your old computer you'll need to Backup Files and Settings under Options and separately save all your puzzle files. Then reinstall on your new computer, and use Revert from backup file under Options to restore your files. I believe you need to do this (rather than just copy program files etc) because of the various entries in registry files etc. You'll then have to manually copy in your saved puzzle files.

I'm currently running version 9 and have saved the relevant installation files as a backup in case of system failure as these files are no longer available (since v10 was released) from the Crossword Compiler website. If you don't have them, and you are a licensed user, then you could try and contact the program's author who will probably recommend you upgrade but it's worth a try.

If you already have v10 the reinstallation process should be straightforward, I believe.


David Stickley for free and printable weekly international cryptic crosswords

General Support / Transferring CCW program to new computer
« Last post by brasarehot on July 11, 2017, 05:53:49 PM »
Does anyone know how to transfer the CCW program to another computer and get it to work? I get an error message

"Crossword compiler has not been installed correctly, or the installation is corrupted".

Any ideas?

Thanks all!
General Support / Re: L.A.Times
« Last post by phil262 on July 11, 2017, 12:20:55 PM »
Someone must be on vacation
General Support / L.A.Times
« Last post by Gypsytat on July 11, 2017, 10:00:22 AM »
No L.A.Times puzzle for past couple days? Last one was July 9th
No 7/10 or 7/11
Today's Puzzles / The grainy July 9 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 09, 2017, 03:45:26 PM »
A clever title, a clever theme and a clever word make today's crossword by John Lampkin a lot of fun. much fun as it's possible to have in a crossword puzzle. The title is "Cereal Boxes" and eight answers begin and end with circled letters which spell the names of different cereal grains. "Deep-rooted" is INGRAINED, which also describes the theme answers:

Lothario's organ: ROVINGEYE
Joe may come from one: COFFEEURN
Moved like a crowd: MILLEDABOUT
Significant other: MAINSQUEEZE
Lids for a fancy box?: OPERAHATS
Easy order for a mixologist: WHISKEYNEAT
Ceremonious choreography: RITUALDANCE

Rye, barley, corn, millet, maize, oats, wheat and rice. There are many other types of cereal grains, including teff, spelt, sorghum, fonio, triticale and canary grass. The Crops Review website gives a simple description of cereal grains and explains the distinctions among seeds, grains, hulls and coryopses:

"Alternate version, in scores" is OSSIA, a word I was unfamiliar with. It comes from the Italian phrase o sia, which literally means "or be it." Ossias are common in operas and piana solos and are often just a few measures long. They are alternative passages which can be played instead of the original passages. Sometimes the ossia is easier to play than the original passage.....but not always.

"One who remembers old flames with fondness" is a nice clue for PYROMANIAC. "That thing in Tijuana" is ESO, which is not used in English. "Pulled up a chair" is SAT -- although it is certainly possible to "pull up a chair" without sitting in it. "The Who classic" is IMFREE. I don't know if I would call I'm Free a classic, though. The song reached only #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. The Who formed in 1964 in London and were originally known as the High Numbers. In more than five decades, the Who have had only one top-ten hit, I Can See For Miles.

That's all for today. Ossia later. (Sorry -- I couldn't resist.)
Etc. / Cryptic puzzles
« Last post by GinnyB on July 05, 2017, 07:18:01 PM »
Does anyone know what is going on with the Globe and Mail puzzle site?  The last 2 days the "printable" puzzle will not work.  Just wondering if it's a glitch since nothing else has changed. ...
Today's Puzzles / The bumpy July 4 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 04, 2017, 04:55:03 PM »
James P. Sharp's crosswords have been appearing in the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times since 2002. In his puzzle today, "Disagree" is BUMPHEADS. "Bump" can follow the last word of each theme answer:

Racing bike: TENSPEED
Vodka brand with flying birds on the bottle: GREYGOOSE
One 'there on the sand' in a 1974 hit by First Class: BEACHBABY
Symbol of absolute rule: IRONFIST

"Ten-speed bike" is actually a misnomer. The bicycle has a shifting mechanism which allows for ten different resistance settings. The speed is determined by how fast the rider pedals.

Goosebumps, also known as goose pimples, are "a roughness of the skin produced by erection of its papillae especially from cold, fear or a sudden feeling of excitement." The word "goosebumps" dates from 1933. When a goose's feathers are plucked, small bumps are visible where the feathers were. The bumps on human skin resemble the bumps on a goose's skin. I wonder why nobody ever refers to the bumps on a goose's skin as "human bumps." In 1933, obviously nobody ever thought of that.

A "baby bump" is "the protusion of a woman's abdomen in the earlier months of pregnancy when it is first noticeable to other people." The term seems to have originated in Great Britain in the 1990s but US Weekly editor Bonnie Fuller is credited with popularizing the term in the early 2000s.

A "fist bump" is "a gesture of greeting or affirmation in which two people lightly tap each other's clenched fist." In 2012, New York Times writer Pagan Kennedy attempted to explain the origin:

"Midnight rider Paul" is REVERE. Today is July 4, the day we celebrate our nation's independence from Great Britain -- although independence was actually declared on July 2, 1776. Anyway, today is a perfect time to dispel the myths of Paul Revere's midnight ride. On April 18, 1775, there were several riders who rode throughout Massachusetts to warn the populace of a British invasion. Revere did not even complete his ride -- he was captured by British troops and interrogated. Paul Revere's Ride, an 1860 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is highly fictionalized. Here is the true story of Paul Revere:

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Enjoy the fireworks tonight. To get into the spirit of the holiday, I'm wearing my hair in bangs. (Yes, I know that was bad.)
Software / Technical / Re: Bad Links
« Last post by kingsleytailors on July 03, 2017, 06:10:21 AM »
General Discussion / NYT ink saver
« Last post by ari on June 29, 2017, 04:28:25 PM »
this is a message I sent to the NYT crossword Help/Feedback section.  Has anybody come across this Ink Saver issue?


I have found that the INK SAVER feature on my iPhone and iPad no longer work.  It works fine when printing from the desktop full web site, but when I access the Print Puzzle from my mobile devices (although still going through the web site), the ink saver does not work.  I can slide it to a lesser ink level, but when it creates the PDF page to print, the crossword is still using full black squares.  From my computer version, the created PDF puzzle goes to grayer squares.  I print a lot of puzzles, so I have always (successfully) used this feature from my iPhone and iPad.  I don’t know when the problem started…some time in the last 4 weeks.  It was working fine, but then I went to Europe for a vacation for 2-3 weeks, and when I got back, the first puzzles I tried to print were in full-black on the pdf page, even though I slid the ink saver over to a grayer shade.  When I then return to the ink saver page after the full black PDF is created, the slider is back in the original position as if I’d never moved it at all!  Is there any help/fix for this?  Have others encountered this problem?

Thanks for any help.

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