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Author Topic: Word lists  (Read 3139 times)

peterflynn

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Word lists
« on: June 03, 2009, 03:41:34 PM »
I've heard that serious crossword makers often spend significant time building up a customized word list on the computer for filling in the crossword grid.  So -- do you put serious effort into maintaining a word list?  How do you store your word lists?  Do you just add to the list within your crossword puzzle software, or do you create a separate text file?  If the latter, have you found ways to use your list within the crossword software, supplementing its own built-in list?

Thanks!

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 06:32:03 PM »
Dunno about customized, but for premium membership here you can get a kick-@ss word list that works with ccw, although its in .txt I think so I guess it'll work with anything.

I renamed my existing ccw word list to 'default2', and used the cru one as 'default'.  Then, I dug up an old puz that I had all but abandoned after several hours trying to fill, and it autofilled in 2 seconds.  Paid for itself on the first click of the button, IMO.

Hope this helps.
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peterflynn

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 03:54:54 PM »
That is definitely helpful, thanks.  Since you've already got the premium list and I don't (yet)... is it just a simple text list with a single word per line?  Does it include additional data like word scores?

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 09:10:11 AM »
That is definitely helpful, thanks.  Since you've already got the premium list and I don't (yet)... is it just a simple text list with a single word per line?  Does it include additional data like word scores?

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Hi Peter,

The cruciverb word lists just contain the words. People score their words differently, and sometimes with different ranges (1-10,1-100). It's a personal thing, so a bit hard to make it work for everyone.

Still, the lists do work very well. And once you've imported them you can score the words as you see fit.

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009, 09:49:57 AM »
Hi, I'm bumping an old topic. I am also looking for *quality* word lists. I am creating my own word database which I plan on distributing for everyone when I am finished which should have features that are not found in other crossword puzzle helpers. But I need to find good word lists. I started with a word list of about 44,800 words but it turned out to be a dud when I checked on the word quality (has ABBREVIATABLE but no ABBREVIATE?). If anyone has the croosword puzzle helper app for the Mac, this is about the level of word quality I am looking for.

So if anyone knows where I can find some GOOD, HOPEFULLY FREE word lists I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

Litefan

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009, 02:10:56 AM »
So if anyone knows where I can find some GOOD, HOPEFULLY FREE word lists I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

One place to find words is by searching for password dictionaries. 

I took a dictionary from an anagram program and deleted out everything that Word said it didn't know.

Don't limit your searches to *crossword* lists.

RickNovy

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009, 05:02:12 PM »
Dumb question:  Why not register for cruciverb-l list and post it yourself?  That way you can see the responses.

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Re: Word lists
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009, 07:06:06 PM »
Not a dumb question, I am a member of C-L. I get all the e-mails and posts. It's just that when I post an e-mail--i.e., send a question--it always appears empty on the other side. I tried again twice this week. It never happened before but within the last year it always does. Yet, individual e-mails to C-L people via the list are readable. I can't figure it out and I am not a computer tech person at all.

Thanks for thinking of me though.

I'm just happy to be back into the swing of things. I missed the fun creating, selling, and solving I did. :)

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