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General Support / Post a Puzzle
« Last post by gohuskies on February 18, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »
Hello!

I was trying to upload a puzzle to the Post a Puzzle forum and received an error message along the lines "the attachment path is inaccessible". I don't think it is a problem on my end (though it certainly could be) as I've been able to send/access/solve the .puz just fine.

Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on February 18, 2017, 10:10:42 AM »
Buzzfeed Puzzles.  Caleb Madison is the editor over there.  Edit: Though it looks like they quit doing it.  Anyhow click his name for all the puzzles they've run over there that are still on the site.
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General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by fggoldston on February 17, 2017, 11:06:43 AM »
Where did you find submissions guidelines for USA Today?  Also does Buzzfeed have a crossword puzzle?  I am not that familiar with their site but when I checked it out I don't see a crossword puzzle.  Are you referring to other kinds of puzzles?
Thanks
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Today's Puzzles / The shipshape February 14 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 14, 2017, 04:46:58 PM »
Mark McClain is a 70-year-old retiree who lives in Salem, Virginia. After a lifetime of solving crosswords, he began creating his own puzzles in December 2013. Ten months later, he got one published in the Los Angeles Times. Since that time, McClain's puzzles have appeared regularly in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and other publications, including his local newspaper The Roanoke Times. His puzzle today includes BOATTRAILER ("Lakeside launching aid"). Three phrases end with circled letters -- "trailing," get it? -- which spell different types of boats:

New York City zoo locale: CENTRALPARK
Crude early version of a work of art: ROUGHSKETCH
Computer programming glitch: ENDLESSLOOP

We're all familiar with Noah's ark from Genesis chapters 6-9. A ketch is a sailboat with two masts. The forward mast (the mainmast) is larger than the mast behind it (the mizzenmast; "mizzen" comes from a Latin word meaning "middle"). The word "ketch" dates from 1649 and is an alteration of "catch," which came from the Middle English cache. Historically, a  sloop was a small sailing warship with two or three masts. In the 1700s and 1800s, such warships had as many as 18 guns or cannons on the deck and were known as "sloops of war." In modern times, a sloop is simply a sailboat with one mast. "Sloop" comes from the Dutch sloepe, which derived from the French chaloupe.

"A, in Aachen" is EIN, which is not used in English. "Summer in Haiti" is ETE, which is not used in English. "Padre's brother" is TIO, which is not used in English. "To be, in Barcelona" is ESTAR, which is not used in English. "Italian playhouse:" is TEATRO, which is not used in English.

"Blind as ____" is ABAT. Certain species of bats can see much better at night than during the day. However, no bats are blind. The earliest known reference to bats having poor eyesight comes from Metaphysics, a collection of writings by Greek philosopher Aristotélēs (384-322 BC), whose name is usually anglicized to Aristotle: "For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all." A 2013 Popular Science article explains how bats see and how they use echolocation to find prey:

http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/eek-squad/blind-bat-isnt-blind-all

The "blind as a bat" expression would make more sense if it were expanded to say "blind as a home-plate umpire when a player is at bat." I doubt such a lengthy expression would ever catch on, though. Forget about it.
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General Discussion / Re: Submissions
« Last post by mmcbs on February 07, 2017, 09:26:46 PM »
The expectation would be that you would complete the puzzle, but if for some reason you can't, common courtesy would be to let the editor know you're withdrawing it from consideration. If you can't complete it for some technical reason relating to the puzzle, I'd say tell the editor what the problem is - they might be able and willing to help you through it. If they approve the theme that means they want to run the puzzle.
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General Discussion / Re: Submissions
« Last post by atco418 on February 07, 2017, 03:57:04 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I submitted a couple at the end of the year.  No success yet, but I'm hopeful.  I do have a new submission question about theme queries.  When you send one to an editor, and he/she gives the thumbs up, are you then obliged to follow through and produce the puzzle?  Not that I wouldn't - I'm just curious.
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General Discussion / Re: Addition theme
« Last post by mmcbs on February 06, 2017, 09:45:23 PM »
Either way can work, but I think it would be better to vary the position of the added suffix, if that's possible. But, if you do that you'll ideally position them in a balanced way (say, half in the first part of the entry and half at the end), and maybe one in the middle if you have an odd number of themers. It would not be good to have three at the end and one somewhere else.
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General Discussion / Re: Addition theme
« Last post by Glenn9999 on February 06, 2017, 10:55:26 AM »
Just curious what people think.  In an addition theme, is it best to vary the position of the added letters (in this case a 4-letter suffix), or (particularly because it's a suffix) would ending each theme entry with them be acceptable without looking repetitive?

Speaking from a solver perspective, uniformity in what you do is much more key than repetitiveness.  Even more so, is the result something you can make sense of well from your cluing?  Both factors are far more important than if its repetitive or not.
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General Discussion / Addition theme
« Last post by atco418 on February 05, 2017, 09:51:27 PM »
Just curious what people think.  In an addition theme, is it best to vary the position of the added letters (in this case a 4-letter suffix), or (particularly because it's a suffix) would ending each theme entry with them be acceptable without looking repetitive?
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Today's Puzzles / The beastly February 5 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 05, 2017, 04:37:33 PM »
The theme answers in today's crossword by Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel are more bizarre than clever. Words that can refer to an animal are replaced with the sound the animal makes. The title: "Sounds About Right."

"Ahooga!" producer? SILLYHONK (silly goose)
Hard golf club to swing? GRUNTIRON (pig iron)
Sign of a lawn tractor problem? HISSINTHEGRASS (snake in the grass)
Inhospitable medical fraud? COLDQUACK (Cold Duck)
Landscaping mulch specialists? BARKHANDLERS (dog handlers)
Posting that periodically reposts itself? MIGRATORYTWEET (migratory bird)
Excitement about the producer of the original Charlie's Angels? SPELLINGBUZZ (spelling bee)

Pig iron is a metal produced from iron ore in a blast furnace. It is 92% iron and 3% carbon and also contains small amounts of manganese, silicone, phosphorus, sulfur and other impurities. Pig iron is further refined in a furnace and converted into steel. The name comes from the piglike shape of the troughs which the molten iron was poured into.

Cold Duck is a sparkling wine first made in 1937 by Harold Borgman, a Detroit winery owner. It was a mixture of Mosel wine, Rhine wine and champagne, seasoned with mint and lemon. It was called Kaltes Ende ("cold end" in German) but over the years so many people mispronounced it as Kalte Ente, the name of the wine became the American translation of Kalte Ente: "Cold Duck."

Aaron Spelling (1923-2006) was the producer of Charlie's Angels, Charmed, Dynasty, The Love Boat, The Rookies, The Mod Squad, Beverly Hills 90210, Jane's House, Sunset Beach, 7th Heaven and The San Pedro Beach Bums. Whew! From 1953 to 1964, he was married to Carolyn Jones, who was most famous as Morticia Addams on The Addams Family.

Today's puzzle included some relatively obscure names: ENZI ("Longtime Wyoming senator Mike"), EHLE ("Jennifer of Zero Dark Thirty"), ORSER ("Brian who has coached two Olympic skating gold medalists") and AVA ("Director DuVernay" -- at least the clue was something besides the much overused clue "Actress Gardner"). "Spunkmeyer of cookie fame" is OTIS -- and I'm guessing that most of us are more familiar with the name of Otis Spunkmeyer than those four previous names.

And thus ends the discussion of today's puzzle. Perhaps you were expecting more -- but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

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