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Author Topic: Percentage of Abbreviations & Acronyms  (Read 241 times)


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Percentage of Abbreviations & Acronyms
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:28:35 AM »
I notice that LA Times specifies using no more than 10% abbreviations in a puzzle. Does that figure include acronyms? And is that somewhat of a general rule across crossword publishers?


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Re: Percentage of Abbreviations & Acronyms
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 10:40:30 AM »
Generally, yes, and yes. The fewer non-words in the grid the better (that includes abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, Roman numerals, prefixes, suffixes, letter runs and anything that isn't an actual word or name). Of course there are instances where a familiar abbreviation or initialism (FBI) is better than an obscure word (FUD). Unfamiliar abbreviations are likely to be disallowed (virtually every 3-letter string is an abbreviation of something). Plural abbreviations are particularly disliked, unless they are something you might say in a sentence ("Our college has lots of PHD's in its faculty" makes sense, but you'd never say or write SCI's).
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA


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Re: Percentage of Abbreviations & Acronyms
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 11:14:19 AM »
Thanks, Mark.


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