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Author Topic: Themes as answers?  (Read 1627 times)

KXL

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Themes as answers?
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:00:05 PM »
Hi, I'm brand new.  If there is a FAQ I should be reading, could someone please point me to it?  I'm working with the theme of dropped initials from famous people (like Franklin D. Roosevelt, drop to D to just Franklin Roosevelt).  So, I have several examples in my grid.  I'd like to make one of the theme answers near the right bottom "Initial Flush" or "Initial Shock" -- something like that. A common-enough phrase with "Initial" that sort of says what I did.  Is that generally acceptable?  Seems like I sometimes see phrases that hint, but often not.  Thanks.

mmcbs

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Re: Themes as answers?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 10:21:13 AM »
The "hint" or "revealer" entry is commonly used, in untitled puzzles especially, to help the solver understand a theme that isn't apparent from a normal solving effort. Just a comment on your theme, the names probably need to be those that are only thought of as having an initial (e.g. Johnny B. Goode, T. Rowe Price, J. D. Salinger), and who, without the initial might not be recognized.
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

mmcbs

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Re: Themes as answers?
« Reply #2 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 . . .
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

KXL

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Re: Themes as answers?
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 12:58:50 PM »
That helps.  Thanks.

 


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