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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/26 Melanie Miller
« Last post by magus on October 26, 2014, 09:29:50 AM »
THEME:   intrusive GO makes humorous phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Fruit found in the back of the fridge?   DIRTY OLD MANGO   
Class on an African river?   CONGO COURSE [concourse]   
Google an African nation?   LOOK UP TOGO   
Old MacDonald's signature dance?   FARMER'S TANGO   
Place for worms?   CAN ["can of worms"]   
Plate cleaners, at times   UMPS   
Drink from a bag   TEA   
Last letter?   DEAR JOHN [which like 39-Down is a "Terminal communication"]   
   
   
RATING:    ;D ;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 / Re: Quick feedback on a theme?
« Last post by mmcbs on October 26, 2014, 09:19:13 AM »
Usually the themers are the longest entries (except sometimes if they're all across entries, there might be down entries that are the same or longer).

The hallmark of letter adds/switches is that the original phrase is a common, well understood saying or phrase, thus in your example #1 & 3 are OK, but #2 & 4 are not (also "frolick" is not a real word, the k is only used in frolicked and frolicking).

The other facet is that the converted phrase is clever and/or amusing, as a punch line of a joke would be. Some are funny in their own right (Prince of Waddles is one I've used), others need help from the clue. So, try cluing these and showing them to a friend to see if he/she thinks they're funny.
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General Discussion / Re: NYT: Wait for reply before sending another?
« Last post by mmcbs on October 26, 2014, 09:01:10 AM »
You can send other puzzles while waiting, unless the publisher's instructions indicate otherwise. The advantage of waiting is that you may benefit from feedback you receive, thus avoiding repeating the same mistakes you made on earlier submissions. But some publishers take several weeks or even months to respond.
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General Discussion / looking for advice on "going pro"
« Last post by earlfrumper on October 26, 2014, 12:39:25 AM »
Hi all,

Looking for some advice on how to make crossword creation more of a full time thing. If not going "pro", maybe minor league. Currently I produce a paid weekly puzzle for a local newspaper, and I've got a pending puzzle in the LA Times. In general, I think that I can reliably produce decent puzzles.

What I'd like to know about is the process of proposing and creating puzzles as part of a collection (themed or otherwise) for a publishing company or puzzle website. Would I approach, say, Puzzlewright, directly, with a theme idea, or do they reach out to established constructors first?

I welcome any messages on this topic.

Best,
Alex
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 10/25 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on October 25, 2014, 09:00:36 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
Bulls' arena?   STOCK MARKET [or The Vatican]   
Nice crowd?   TROIS [two's company‚Ķ]   
   
BTW:   
Peaked   ILL [peaked means pale and sickly but not yet ill]   
   
Do OT'S resolve ties or is it the scores that occur in them?   
   
   
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., 10/24 Bruce Haight
« Last post by Jon-O on October 25, 2014, 01:57:18 AM »
I disagree, LARR.  Sgt. Friday the character didn't die -- only his original actor did.  In this particular instance, Ed O'Neill played Sgt. Friday in the 2003-2004 revival.  In general, unless the character dies in-story, it's common to use present-tense verbs to refer to them.  I would say "Jack Webb played one" but "Friday is one."

- Jonathan
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General Discussion / NYT: Wait for reply before sending another?
« Last post by KXL on October 24, 2014, 10:48:03 PM »
Is there a generally accepted practice of waiting until you hear about one puzzle before you send in another, or is it OK to just keep sending them as you make them up?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/24 Bruce Haight
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 24, 2014, 02:56:34 PM »
"MAGNUMDOPUS"? Yikes! Bruce Haight should be embarrassed by that! And shouldn't the clue for SGT be "Friday was one" instead of "Friday is one"? Jack Webb played Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet, which aired from 1952 to 1959 and from 1967 to 1970. Webb died in 1982. He was a police sergeant, at least on television, but he certainly isn't a sergeant now. And those are the facts, Ma'am!
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General Discussion / Re: Themes as answers?
« Last post by KXL on October 24, 2014, 12:58:50 PM »
That helps.  Thanks.
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General Discussion / Re: Themes as answers?
« Last post by mmcbs on October 24, 2014, 11:09:49 AM »
BTW, most editors would probably want all the people to be either fictional or real people, not mixed as in my examples . . .
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