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General Discussion / 3D crossword
« Last post by ThomasCR on October 07, 2014, 04:12:39 AM »
Hello everybody!

It has happened, that I have a virtually unlimited pool of 3D crossword puzzles in English (and some other languages as well). They can contain from zero to a few blocks only.

Dimensions are from 4 by 4 by 4, to 8 by 8 by 8 letters. In the case of 5 by 5 by 5 they contain 125 letters, 25 words in the North-South direction, 25 in the Up-Down direction and 25 in the Left-Right direction.

Needless to say, those 75 words are always perfectly consistent with each other.

One can even choose a central or any other word, and there's a high probability that such a 3D crossword actually exists.

Now, I have a problem. I'd like people around the world to use them for their entertainment. In a nutshell - I am looking for a partner from this business branch.

What do you people think about this? Is there a considerable market for it? How to approach? Any other remarks or questions you may have?

Some info about this on my blog:

http://protokol2020.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/8x8x8-word-cube/

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 10/6 Jerome Gunderson
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 06, 2014, 05:10:07 PM »
When I hear the word "saloon" I think of the scenes in old Western movies showing rowdy gunmen drinking and sometimes fighting. I certainly don't think of 21st-century bars and taverns as "saloons." After all, Toby Keith sang I Love This Bar, not "saloon." Today's puzzle included TSHIRTS, clued as "Saloon souvenirs." I've never been to a bar. Can I assume that barkeepers sell t-shirts? And if so, why didn't the clue say "Bar souvenirs"?

Crossword editors used to reject 15x15 puzzles with more than 36 black squares. A good puzzle has no more than 32. Today's has 40 and is the third such puzzle I've seen in the past week. Have editors changed their publication standards?
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 10/6 Jerome Gunderson
« Last post by magus on October 06, 2014, 09:54:31 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can follow ARMY
   
GOOD ONES:     
Soldier's group { & theme }  ARMY   
Apt name for a painter   ART   
   
   
RATING:  :'(   
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: Sun., 10/5 Jake Braun
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 05, 2014, 04:44:46 PM »
Merl Reagle makes all his crosswords without the help of grid-filling software. Today's puzzle in the Los Angeles Times is impressive. Reagle chose the self-deprecating title "Oh, It's You Again" because one of his puzzles will be part of the October 18 Crosswords L.A. championship which will be held at UCLA. Details are at http://www.cruciverb.com/index.php?topic=106032.0

The title also refers to the theme answers, each of which contains two or three U's. It would have been nice if Reagle could have included the Ames Brothers' 1953 hit You You You, but   what makes the puzzle impressive is that he stacked two phrases  in two different sections of the grid. How in the world did he figure out that he could put ENCOUNTERGROUP beneath SURROUNDSOUND and GOUNDERGROUND beneath ATHREEHOURTOUR (Yeah, a Gilligan reference) and be able to come up with 14 short words to cross each pair vertically? I can't recall very many puzzles where two theme answers appeared side by side or one under the other. Reagle also had two theme words in vertical positions: COUSCOUS and FROUFROU. And how can anyone not admire a puzzle that includes the names of Ed ASNER, Susan LUCCI and Wind In The Willows character MRTOAD? "You've got spunk, Mar'." "Oh thank you, Mr. Grant." "I hate spunk." :)
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/5 Jake Braun
« Last post by magus on October 05, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
THEME:   Intrusive /ah/ in phrases create different meanings
   
GOOD ONES:    
TWO BAROQUE GIRLS ("Two Broke Girls"); BAHRAIN FREEZE (brain freeze); and WATER CARESS (water cress)    
Get real?   COME TRUE   
Big picture? Abbr.   ENL   
Head lock   TRESS   
Something you break when you leave it   CAMP   
Runner in the woods   BROOK   
Breakfast companion?   BED   
   
BTW:   
POLLY BARGAINING doesn't sound right to my ear:  removing the "ah" from POLLY leaves /pli/, not /ple/ needed for "plea bargaining."   
   
Same problem with "fly market" from FOLLY MARKET.   
   
PR specialist   SPIN DOC [nope, it's only "spin doctor"]   
   
Pacing, perhaps   EDGY [too much of a stretch]   
   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 10/4 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 04, 2014, 04:06:57 PM »
"B or C, but not A or D"---and the answer was ELEM, short for ELEMENT. B is the symbol for boron and C is the symbol for carbon. I know more about music than I know about elements. After I had the LE filled in, I thought the answer was CLEF. Nice try, Steve.

Another answer was MDII ("Year Columbus began his fourth voyage"). Yesterday's puzzle included MMIV ("Year President Bush was re-elected"). Roman numerals are appearing far too often in crosswords. Occasionally there are puzzles that use actual numbers and those puzzles are usually pretty creative. I don't live in Rome and I don't want to see Roman numerals in crosswords. I'll say this a M times if I have to!
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 10/4 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on October 04, 2014, 09:11:35 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
B or C, but not A or D   ELEM(ents)   
   
BTW:   
ID'd   MADE [only on cop shows ---  see today's date   8) ]    
   
Common reaction to SEE ME    TENSENESS [tension is the term needed here]   
   
ETES is French only; but they are "Gam ends"   
   
   
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: Fri., 10/3 Mark McClain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 03, 2014, 05:39:51 PM »
You can tell where my mind is. When I read "intrusive double D's" I immediately thought of Morganna Roberts. Nicknamed "The Kissing Bandit," she was famous in the 1970s-80s-90s for running out on the field during baseball games and kissing various players. Her measurements were 60-23-39.

Of the four phrases that included an additional double-D, PRINCEOFWADDLES (for "Duck royalty?") was cute but STOCKPIDDLER (for "Trader who doesn't take the market seriously?") was just plain dumb. But I give Mark McClain credit for managing to include the Army post FTDIXNJ. I know that looks like a line from an eye chart but it's short for FORT DIX, NEW JERSEY.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 10/3 Mark McClain
« Last post by magus on October 03, 2014, 08:42:40 AM »
THEME:   intrusive double D's
   
GOOD ONES:    
Theme description   :)   
Heck of a pop?   ONE FINE DADDY   
Slanted columns   OP EDS [not the kind I build  :-[   ]   
Place for a nest egg   TREE   
Wine opener?   OENO   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 10/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 02, 2014, 04:57:06 PM »
Magus, you are a very clever and creative writer. I put you on a par with Edgar Allen Po.
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