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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 7/20 Fred Piscop
« Last post by magus on July 20, 2014, 09:01:09 AM »
THEME:   end of the first word of a phrase and the beginning of the second form a Greek letter
   
GOOD ONES:    
One spans two words…   GREEK LETTER   
Toaster opening   HERE'S   
Reptilian tail?   -SAUR   
Points at the table   TINES   
   
BTW:   
Impressive work, especially to get IOTA and OMEGA in, but for this solver it was less fun than it might have been.   
   
It's a fact   DATUM [maybe yes, maybe no]   
   
Pequod co-owner   PELEG [must've made a bigger impression on me that I thought as I remembered the name (after I had PE) though I haven't read the book in over 50 years --- good goin' Herman!]    :)
   
   
   
RATING: ;D ;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 / State Puzzle Project?
« Last post by wbg on July 19, 2014, 11:54:50 AM »
Newcomer question:

There's a forum here for the State Puzzle Project.  No posts in a long time.  Was this project ever completed, and if so, where does one find the results?

Bill
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 7/19 Mark Bickham
« Last post by magus on July 19, 2014, 08:45:43 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 26 blocks!
   
GOOD ONES:    
Cuts   DOS [hairdos]   
   
BTW:   
Square root of nove   TRE [only in Italy]   
   
   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
84
General Support / Re: LA Times bad link
« Last post by Kolohe61 on July 19, 2014, 03:06:25 AM »
Happened again, instead of July 19, got June 16.
85
General Support / Re: LA Times bad link
« Last post by coralsun on July 19, 2014, 02:00:28 AM »
Same problem as reported by Kolohe61.  Selected July 18, but the June 21 puzzled downloaded.
86
General Discussion / Re: Stan Newman
« Last post by mmcbs on July 18, 2014, 11:59:21 AM »
Keep trying sngrids@gmail.com - I had the same experience and after a couple punch-ups got a reply (and approval!) from Stan.
87
General Discussion / Games Magazine response?
« Last post by mmcbs on July 18, 2014, 11:55:54 AM »
I've sent several puzzles via email to Games Mag address provided, over period of several months. No responses. Anyone have a feel for what to expect?
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 7/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by magus on July 18, 2014, 08:59:56 AM »
THEME:   letter H substituted for by IT in common phrases creating odd phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Cheesecake ingredient?   GAM [WWII vintage term for leg; cheescake pix were pin-ups.  Rita Gam was a minor actress then.]   
Classics, e.g.   IPODS [I-Pod Classic]   
It may be seen on a dog   CHILI [after I exhaused collars and fleas I thought food]   
Third degrees?   PHD'S [sometimes they give you the third degree to get the degree]   
   
BTW:   
Swing both ways and literal hint to {theme}   SWITCH HIT [The idea of the theme makes sense --- simply substitute IT for H.  And IT plus H is indeed an anagram for HIT.  What I don't get is the clue:  in what way is HIT switched?  For example:   
   SITE DEVIL > SHE DEVIL, but the word HIT is missing and so cannot be switched.  "Split HIT" to SWITCH HIT" might be accurate but senseless.
   
   
RATING:   ?
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
89
General Support / LA Times bad link
« Last post by Kolohe61 on July 18, 2014, 02:28:18 AM »
When trying to get July 18 puzzle, I get June 21 instead.
90
Software / Technical / Re: Crossword Compiler Tech question
« Last post by stickler on July 18, 2014, 02:11:36 AM »
I think it's a very hit-and-miss approach doing it that way. If you have the standard version of CC, then you've still got a couple of things you can do: seed the crossword with theme words and get CC to fill in the rest; check the "minimum word score" used for grid filling - if it's set right with the correct wordlist, you shouldn't get any "clinkers"; right click on any slot to see what words will fit and pick a suitable one (ensure you have "find alternative word that would fit" set for AutoFind). You can build a crossword up slowly but surely this way, but you will hit dead-ends even with the intersection button set.
The best option is to buy the Pro Grid Filler - not a cheap option but worth every cent for someone who is semi-serious. It gives you theme list inclusion, dictionary lookup as you go, overlapping word exclusion (solving the reopen and opens issue), priority word choice etc etc.

Best


Stickler
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