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Author Topic: What POSITIVE-NEGATIVE EFFECTS do DUPLICATES in WORDLISTS have on construction ?  (Read 823 times)

Kumar (Kem) Balani

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  Sept 30, 2021
 To ALL EXPERIENCED and PUBLISHED PUZZLE CONSTRUCTORS, especially lowest word-count constructors:

 What POSITIVE and NEGATIVE EFFECTS do DUPLICATE WORDS in WORDLISTS have on construction ?
 2 Questions:
 1. IF you are trying to construct a puzzle with AS MANY 15-LETTER WORDS AS POSSIBLE, should you have AS MANY words of 15-LETTER
     LENGTH AS POSSIBLE in YOUR MAIN WORD LIST, INCLUDING DUPLICATES OF 15-LETTER WORDS?
 2. IF you are trying to construct a puzzle with AS MANY 15-LETTER WORDS AS POSSIBLE, should you have a SEPARATE LIST OF ONLY
    15-LETTER WORDS (as a theme word list for example) IN ADDITION to a MAIN WORD LIST ALREADY CONTAINING the 15-LETTER
    WORDS?
 Should you desire to make your reply more clear, you may email me separately at: Kem@BizIndia.net or call me or text me on my
 IPhone  :) :) number 732-306-5292
 - Kumar (Kem) Balani


 

mmcbs

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Crossword Compiler does not allow identical words in a word list. You can have the same word twice if their punctuation is different (a hyphen, or accent, for example), but I don't think that has any effect on the fill, as it will just show both of them as possibles for a slot. If you have them in a theme word list, it puts them at the top of the possible list, but if they're the same 15-letter words you have in your default list, it wouldn't affect the fill process, in my opinion.
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

Kumar (Kem) Balani

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Oct 01, 2021
Marc,
Thanks for your prompt reply, once again.
I thought so as well: that duplicate words had no positive or negative effects in construction,
but I just wanted to get input from other constructors. My 15-letter word list was showing the
other day it had 11,000+ words. I removed duplicate words from it yesterday. It now has
just over 9,700 words. 
Have a good weekend, and hopefully will speak to you soon !
Kem

 


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