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General Discussion / Re: Puzzle content needed
« Last post by George Papp on September 27, 2017, 01:09:21 PM »
Thanks for your interest. I have been speaking with some puzzle people and they suggest what i need is 13 x 13 themeless crosswords for this project.
Software / Technical / Recommendations for crossword software on Mac
« Last post by JTGolden on September 27, 2017, 12:21:17 PM »
Hi, I've been using Crossword Editor on Mac, which is perfectly fine (not amazing) for construction, but difficult to export with. Does anyone have a Mac software they love? Or do you have tips on using Crossword Editor?

Thanks in advance!
General Discussion / Re: Puzzle content needed
« Last post by JTGolden on September 27, 2017, 11:44:10 AM »
What are the specifications of the puzzles you are looking for? I am a constructor and would like to know what to submit and how.
General Discussion / Re: Crossword Tracker
« Last post by angelannie on September 23, 2017, 01:11:25 PM »
Hi everyone
I am interested in famous celebrity brithdays clues .
General Discussion / Puzzle content needed
« Last post by George Papp on September 20, 2017, 02:14:27 PM »
Hi There,

I am looking to purchase 1600 original American Style crossword puzzles for publication in print in our new crossword series.

Please message me if interested. You can check out some of our titles at

General Support / Pay for puzzles
« Last post by George Papp on September 20, 2017, 11:13:55 AM »
I am looking to buy 1600 finished American style crossword puzzles with solutions for publication in print. We pay a flat price per puzzle. Am I in the right place?

Please message me if you can supply a sample of your work and can work with our editorial team.

thank you.
General Support / Re: Paypal donation link not working
« Last post by inkpen on September 13, 2017, 03:11:28 PM »
Well I tried again today and it worked this time - go figure. Anyway, all good now!
General Support / Paypal donation link not working - RESOLVED
« Last post by inkpen on September 12, 2017, 05:34:55 PM »
When I try to donate I get a Paypal screen with the message "Things don't appear to be working at the moment. Please try again later."

A quick Google search indicated that the checkout experience changed on March 29, 2017 and could break some integrations. Could this be the problem?

Today's Puzzles / The multinational August 31 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 31, 2017, 07:34:50 PM »
David Poole is a mathematician. As a teenager, he began solving crossword puzzles. Then his friends started giving him puzzle books as gifts. Finally his wife suggested he try to create a crossword of his own. He did. Poole's crosswords have been appearing in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times since 2008. His puzzle today includes these puns:

Volleyball players in Dublin? IRISHSETTERS
Number cruncher in New Delhi? INDIANSUMMER
Dance lessons in Madrid? SPANISHSTEPS
Airport inspectors in Beijing? CHINESECHECKERS

Beginning in the early 1700s, bread -- in addition to being a food -- was a symbol of subsistence or livelihood. In the 1930s, "bread" became a slang word for "money." In volleyball, "setting" is a fast maneuver which allows another player to make a spike. Illustrated instructions can be seen at

"Indian Summer" is a period of unseasonably warm dry weather, usually following a period of colder weather, in late autumn. The first known use of the expression appeared in 1782 in Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur's collection of essays, Letters From An American Farmer: "A severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow, though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer."

The Spanish Steps are not in Spain. They are in Rome, Italy. The 135 steps scale a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti and are named for the Spanish Embassy which sits at the base of the hill. A popular tourist attraction, the steps were cleaned and refurbished in 2016.

"Board member" is a clever clue for KING. It refers to a chessboard. "What a shark strikes with" is a clever clue for CUE. It refers to a pool shark or a hustler. It has been many years since brand names were not allowed in crosswords. Today's puzzle includes three: BIC ("Wite-Out maker"), AMANA ("Appliance maker since 1934") and MIATA ("Mazda MX-5, familiarly"). 

Today's puzzle had five clever puns with references to different countries. Kenya think of any others? (Okay, okay -- I'm going now.)
Today's Puzzles / Reflecting on the August 26 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 26, 2017, 03:53:26 PM »
Mike Buckley's crosswords have been appearing in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times since August 2009. In today's crossword, Buckley clues REDRUM as "Shining example of mirror writing?" Spelled backwards, REDRUM is MURDER -- but that is not an example of mirror writing. It is an example of a word which makes another word when spelled backwards.

Mirror writing is a style of writing in which each letter, word and sentence is in reverse direction. When reflected in a mirror, it appears normal. The most common example is the word AMBULANCE, which appears in reverse on the front of ambulances. When motorists look in the rear-view mirror and see the emergency vehicle approaching, they will see the word correctly and yield the right of way. (If they aren't fooling around with cell phones and music players, they might actually hear the siren!) Here is a short demonstration of mirror writing:

Three clues were clever: "Current quantity" for AMPERE, "Split hairs?" for PART, and "One who's often over a barrel" for COOPER. "Band member with a vihuela" is MARIACHI. Mariachi bands originated in western Mexico and typically include acoustic guitar, trumpets, violins, vihuelas and guitarrónes (large bass guitars). The members usually wear fancy uniforms with sombreros and bolero coats and perform (for money) while roaming from place to place. The vihuela is a large guitar with five strings, often doubled. The G, D and A strings are tuned an octave higher than normal in order to produce a higher pitch. A handmade vihuela can be seen at

The crossword also includes MAEWEST and portions of one of her famous lines: "It's better to be LOOKEDOVER than OVERLOOKED." Mary Jane "Mae" West (1893-1980) was a movie star and playwright well known for her risqué humor. Among her other famous lines: "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before" and "When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better." Here is the trailer for My Little Chickadee (1940), the only film to star Mae West and W.C. Fields together:

In the movie, Fields kisses her hand and exclaims, "What symmetrical digits!" That is all for today. You've now heard.....the West of the story. (My apologies to the late Paul Harvey for that horrible pun.)

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