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Author Topic: Crossword theme that forces solvers to search online  (Read 276 times)

brasarehot

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Crossword theme that forces solvers to search online
« on: May 18, 2014, 10:55:48 PM »
Is it a bad idea to make a crossword theme that a solver can't understand without the internet?

jorkel

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Re: Crossword theme that forces solvers to search online
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 10:21:14 AM »
Probably not advised because...

Most puzzle venues contain a wide spectrum of solvers;  Some young, some old, some who solve in pen, some who pride themselves on solving without ever Googling an answer.

I try to envision the full range of demographics when constructing a puzzle.  I especially take note of the last category above -- the no-Google solvers.

Now having said all that, I imagine there may be a specialized venue which contains only tech-savvy solvers, and they might welcome such a puzzle.  Or, if a Notepad established that the puzzle would only be solvable via help from the internet, then solvers would be forewarned.  But, if more than, say, 20% of the audience would be significantly handicapped by this -- or any other -- requirement, then it would be a hard sell with the editor.

-Joe K.

 

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