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(Jewish Chronicle)   How cryptic crossword makers put together their incredibly clever and aggravating puzzles. 'Warning to a Disney character (6,4) -- ah, the hell with this   (thejc.com) divider line 30
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2014-02-21 01:50:59 PM
Website creator illustrated half dollar album (4,6)
 
2014-02-21 02:18:26 PM
I had a job as a crossword and word find editor for a couple months. The crosswords were all computer generated and I would choose the clues from a list or make up a new clue.
 
2014-02-21 02:23:49 PM
Will Shortz is the man. The Thursday NY Times is my favorite; after that it's just a brutal timehole.
 
2014-02-21 02:48:48 PM
I would just like to say that cryptics are awesome.
 
2014-02-21 03:03:22 PM
Pants full of macaroni!! : I would just like to say that cryptics are awesome.
 
2014-02-21 03:32:13 PM
They tried a Hebraic Jumble, but what do you do with three 'k's, two 'h's and a 't'?
 
2014-02-21 03:38:47 PM
So wait. Is it 'Donald Duck' or not?
 
2014-02-21 03:43:19 PM

linc654: So wait. Is it 'Donald Duck' or not?


Yes... although a tricky one since there isn't really a "split" into two distinct clues, which is generally how Cryptics work.... the first clue on this one doesn't make sense without including the 2nd clue.
 
2014-02-21 04:09:27 PM

dletter: linc654: So wait. Is it 'Donald Duck' or not?

Yes... although a tricky one since there isn't really a "split" into two distinct clues, which is generally how Cryptics work.... the first clue on this one doesn't make sense without including the 2nd clue.


The clue is supposed to end in an exclamation point when this happens, isn't it?

"Warning to a Disney character!"
 
2014-02-21 04:13:21 PM

Slow To Return: dletter: linc654: So wait. Is it 'Donald Duck' or not?

Yes... although a tricky one since there isn't really a "split" into two distinct clues, which is generally how Cryptics work.... the first clue on this one doesn't make sense without including the 2nd clue.

The clue is supposed to end in an exclamation point when this happens, isn't it?

"Warning to a Disney character!"


Good call... I don't do they enough to remember all the "rules", but, that sounds familiar.
 
2014-02-21 04:14:23 PM
Immune noise confused a Disney character.
 
2014-02-21 04:14:37 PM
And, nobody solving mine yet, or too obvious?
 
2014-02-21 04:15:52 PM

dletter: Good call... I don't do they enough to remember all the "rules", but, that sounds familiar.


It might also be a question mark, not an exclamation.

I just know that the presence of either (? or !) indicates that the clue will be "non-standard" in some way.
 
2014-02-21 04:17:44 PM

dletter: And, nobody solving mine yet, or too obvious?


I thought it was intentionally obvious  :)

I'll not spoil it
 
2014-02-21 04:22:03 PM

Slow To Return: dletter: And, nobody solving mine yet, or too obvious?

I thought it was intentionally obvious  :)

I'll not spoil it


Well, somewhat, given the website we are on, although I thought I was somewhat tricky on the 2nd clue.
 
2014-02-21 04:22:10 PM

Slow To Return: I thought it was intentionally obvious :)


Hmm.... Actually, I saw "Illustrated" and immediately thought I had it...  But upon further review, I'm not sure how "Half Dollar Album" translates to the second part ...  So I guess it's NOT obvious...
 
2014-02-21 04:23:46 PM

Slow To Return: Slow To Return: I thought it was intentionally obvious :)

Hmm.... Actually, I saw "Illustrated" and immediately thought I had it...  But upon further review, I'm not sure how "Half Dollar Album" translates to the second part ...  So I guess it's NOT obvious...


Hint, two of the parts of the second clue are synonym's (you figured out one of them).
 
2014-02-21 04:29:08 PM

dletter: Hint, two of the parts of the second clue are synonym's (you figured out one of them).


haha nice
 
2014-02-21 04:43:50 PM

Slow To Return: dletter: Hint, two of the parts of the second clue are synonym's (you figured out one of them).

haha nice


Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.
 
2014-02-21 05:00:07 PM

dletter: Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.


Guilty!

The Conceptis apps on the iPad are fantastic.
 
2014-02-21 05:04:44 PM

Slow To Return: dletter: Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.

Guilty!

The Conceptis apps on the iPad are fantastic.


LOL, have that too... haven't paid for any books, enough free first puzzles so far to keep me going.
 
2014-02-21 05:20:48 PM

dletter: Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.


Is that still around?  I used to subscribe as a kid for many years.  Loved that magazine!
 
2014-02-21 05:40:04 PM
Hey all - I'm probably outting myself as the biggest dork on this site (and that's really saying something) but I am a huge crossword puzzle fan.  Anyone else who wants to ride on my spaceship to Planet Dweeb, you should really check out this documentary on crosswords...  It has Will Shortz (of course) Jon Stewart, Bob Dole, Bill Clinton...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492506/

Worth tracking down.
 
2014-02-21 08:06:36 PM

dletter: Slow To Return: dletter: Hint, two of the parts of the second clue are synonym's (you figured out one of them).

haha nice

Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.


Make that three!
 
2014-02-21 08:07:22 PM

downstairs: dletter: Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.

Is that still around?  I used to subscribe as a kid for many years.  Loved that magazine!


Yep... they have a website, although it is very 2002....  http://www.gamesmagazine-online.com/

If they spent a little time on an improved looking website and mobile apps, I think they'd be able to get their name back out there much better... they seem to be wasting their brand in the digital age.
 
2014-02-21 08:38:36 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: dletter: Slow To Return: dletter: Hint, two of the parts of the second clue are synonym's (you figured out one of them).

haha nice

Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.

Make that three!


Four. I've had a subscription, on and off, since the late 70s/ early 80s.
 
2014-02-21 11:37:32 PM

dletter: downstairs: dletter: Thanks... I think we've identified in this thread all two of us on Fark who subscribe to GAMES magazine, lol.

Is that still around?  I used to subscribe as a kid for many years.  Loved that magazine!

Yep... they have a website, although it is very 2002....  http://www.gamesmagazine-online.com/

If they spent a little time on an improved looking website and mobile apps, I think they'd be able to get their name back out there much better... they seem to be wasting their brand in the digital age.


To describe the publisher in three words: "coasting towards oblivion".
 
2014-02-22 12:10:58 AM

Hagbardr: To describe the publisher in three words: "coasting towards oblivion".


Which is a shame, because in the age of mobile devices, quick bite-size puzzles like the ones found in the pages of GAMES are the perfect offering.  Puzzles like 500 Rummy, Battleships or any of the Conceptis puzzles would be great time-killers when waiting for a plane or doctor appointment.  And their monthly covers are usually pretty reliable fun.
 
2014-02-22 03:22:40 AM
Another on-off-subscriber to Games here.

I really dislike the cryptics though, ugh.  I prefer the crostics and the conceptis puzzles

http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/
 
2014-02-22 10:05:13 AM
I think a few of you farkers need to get the fark outside and show the rest of the farkers how socially challenged one can be.

/stay off my mountain
 
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