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(The Atlantic)   "If print media dies, what will happen to the crossword puzzle?" asks columnist who has never heard of digital crosswords   (theatlantic.com) divider line 89
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2014-07-13 07:43:12 PM  
Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.
 
2014-07-13 08:43:00 PM  
Because there is just no way to do a crossword puzzle without a newspaper and a pencil ever ever ever, and also books are soon to become extinct, as they are rarer than chicken's teeth.
 
2014-07-13 08:43:54 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


Hear, hear! As a dedicated cruciverbalist myself, I find them appalling. Nothing can replace a New York Times or Sunday Washington Post print puzzle and a fountain pen.
 
2014-07-13 08:44:25 PM  
Meh. I never found them challenging, anyway.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-07-13 08:44:43 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


huh?
 
2014-07-13 08:45:08 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


Yup.

Apos: John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.

Hear, hear! As a dedicated cruciverbalist myself, I find them appalling. Nothing can replace a New York Times or Sunday Washington Post print puzzle and a fountain pen.


I want to have your babies.
 
2014-07-13 08:45:46 PM  
My Nook came with a bunch of crosswords on it but I've already done all of them.
 
2014-07-13 08:45:57 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Because there is just no way to do a crossword puzzle without a newspaper and a pencil ever ever ever, and also books are soon to become extinct, as they are rarer than chicken's teeth.


magazine.uc.edu
 
2014-07-13 08:46:19 PM  
Newspaper editor ( and Binghamton University dude ) here. You can get 10 things wrong on Page 1 and some people grumble. Get the crossword wrong, phone's off the hook and the entire day is ruined.
 
2014-07-13 08:49:30 PM  
I use a quill and ink well. It's the proper way to write.
 
2014-07-13 08:49:53 PM  
They will just get really hard because computers will learn the words you don't know and will generate the puzzles with only those.
 
2014-07-13 08:53:21 PM  
i1280.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-13 08:54:21 PM  
My grandpa was a big paper crosswords fan and I completed them for him when I was young, but I would have never started one if they didn't show up on tablets.  I do them when it's raining, I'm antsy, and end up at a coffee shop to be more antsy.
 
2014-07-13 08:56:38 PM  

DubyaHater: I use a quill and ink well. It's the proper way to write.


www.wauwel.nl
 
6M
2014-07-13 08:57:00 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Because there is just no way to do a crossword puzzle without a newspaper and a pencil pen ever ever ever, and also books are soon to become extinct, as they are rarer than chicken's teeth.

Abergynolwyn 
FTFY
 
2014-07-13 08:57:33 PM  
Digital crosswords suck.
They make doing a crossword annoying.
Doing crosswords and sudoku in a magazine or newspaper is just easier to deal with.
 
2014-07-13 08:59:38 PM  
Pencils are for punks.
 
2014-07-13 08:59:50 PM  
shiat given: extremely low.
 
2014-07-13 09:01:45 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: [i1280.photobucket.com image 850x645]


I happen to care deeply.

- Still buys the big compendiums of New York Times Sunday Crossword puzzles.
 
2014-07-13 09:02:46 PM  
Always liked them; pen and newspaper, won't do them any other way. Even the books suck. NYT are a little ridiculous, maybe I'd finish one in twenty and that would take 8 hours. Mostly I'd be happy getting 90%. The 
LA Times was more fun, challenging but with a much higher finishing percentage. I'll miss them when they're gone.
 
2014-07-13 09:02:59 PM  
i58.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-13 09:03:48 PM  

Bumblefark: Meh. I never found them challenging, anyway.


This
 
2014-07-13 09:04:15 PM  
Crosswords are something I do because I'm bored and it's in front of me in the paper., I'm not going to seek out crosswords on he intertubes, plus my spatial-vocabularial skills are at the highest when scribbling on old paper for some reason.

/adjusts onion on belt
//yells at cloud
 
2014-07-13 09:06:27 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Always liked them; pen and newspaper, won't do them any other way. Even the books suck. NYT are a little ridiculous, maybe I'd finish one in twenty and that would take 8 hours. Mostly I'd be happy getting 90%. The 
LA Times was more fun, challenging but with a much higher finishing percentage. I'll miss them when they're gone.


Yeah, I used to do the LA Times crosswords in pen, and finish them in a matter of a few hours, every week. The NY Times Crossword puzzle? Not a chance.
 
2014-07-13 09:08:29 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


You can try an app like Puzzazz. Includes handwriting recognition so you can just use one of those soft digitizer pens.

The ones that make you use a keyboard are shiat, for sure.
 
2014-07-13 09:15:34 PM  
Wife, Sunday puzzle, pens. Breakfast.
Win.
 
2014-07-13 09:16:22 PM  

DubyaHater: I use a quill and ink well. It's the proper way to write.


You guys and your newfangled doohickeys.
So what do you do when you run out of ink?!!1!

I use a hammer and chisel myself.
There is so much to learn from the old ways.

/prefers digital format. Preferably something that highlights mistakes.
//And gives hints.
///less time spent, more words learned
////hasn't done any in a while. Not a hardcore fan.
//I swear to God, we have all kinds here in Fark (said it before, I'll say it again)
 
2014-07-13 09:18:31 PM  
People might forget words like "apse" and "epee"! The HORROR!!!

/kidding, I love crossword puzzles
 
2014-07-13 09:19:49 PM  

mr lawson: John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.

huh?


What part don't you understand?
 
2014-07-13 09:21:22 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


Uh... as opposed to doing them with a pen, which is somehow fast and not a waste of your time?
 
2014-07-13 09:33:09 PM  

mjjt: [i58.tinypic.com image 850x499]


That is fantastic.  Can't believe I never saw that one.

I'm such a crossword dork that my friend and I used to make them to submit to the New York Times.  We never got one picked but I'd thought I had found my calling.

(I really love words).
 
2014-07-13 09:35:53 PM  

Jim_Callahan: John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.

Uh... as opposed to doing them with a pen, which is somehow fast and not a waste of your time?


Well...uh...yes.
 
2014-07-13 09:36:39 PM  

John Buck 41: mr lawson: John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.

huh?

What part don't you understand?


Jim_Callahan: John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.

Uh... as opposed to doing them with a pen, which is somehow fast and not a waste of your time?


only "digital" crosswords i recall doing were the people magazine online puzzles. granted they were pop culture clues/answers, so super easy anyway, but i could complete an entire puzzle in like 5 to 10 minutes. the exact same puzzle handwritten would take at least 30 or 40 minutes.
 
2014-07-13 09:38:43 PM  
Crosswords are the only reason to buy the UT anymore. The rest of the paper is to be blearily picked through during the pre-shower morning poo.
 
2014-07-13 09:40:34 PM  
Also what's the deal with the NYT being doable Mon-Wed and effing impossible the rest of the week?
 
2014-07-13 09:42:50 PM  

bungle_jr: only "digital" crosswords i recall doing were the people magazine online puzzles. granted they were pop culture clues/answers, so super easy anyway, but i could complete an entire puzzle in like 5 to 10 minutes. the exact same puzzle handwritten would take at least 30 or 40 minutes.


Just the opposite for me. I've been using a writing utensil for 50 years and have been using a keyboard barely 15. Still a hunt and pecker.
 
2014-07-13 09:43:33 PM  
If Fark was a newspaper it would be ten pages of articles and 50 pages of Letters to the Editor.

And maybe two back pages of Foobies Escorts.
 
2014-07-13 09:45:37 PM  

John Buck 41: Still a hunt and pecker.


www.misterfadedglory.com
 
2014-07-13 09:48:54 PM  
Screw ink. I do them in my head.
 
2014-07-13 09:48:58 PM  
Which is why the print media is failing with morons like this "reporting" the news - or making it up - whichever.
 
2014-07-13 09:53:52 PM  

nocturn: Also what's the deal with the NYT being doable Mon-Wed and effing impossible the rest of the week?


I've only ever done the Sunday NYT crosswords. They make the LA Times Sunday crosswords look like the People Magazine or TV Guide crosswords.
 
2014-07-13 09:57:29 PM  
I use the Shortyz app on Android and it seems to do a pretty decent job.  It has about 4-7 free puzzles a day.
 
2014-07-13 10:04:12 PM  
I only do Friday and Saturday NYT.  Imagine my surprise last year when both my first and last names appeared in the solution of #1129.

Not, of course that I was the solution, but because I have reasonably common first and last names.  But what are the odds that both would appear in the same solution and that I would also solve that puzzle?

Googled my name recently and the solution to that puzzle came up on the first page of results.
 
2014-07-13 10:06:07 PM  

John Buck 41: bungle_jr: only "digital" crosswords i recall doing were the people magazine online puzzles. granted they were pop culture clues/answers, so super easy anyway, but i could complete an entire puzzle in like 5 to 10 minutes. the exact same puzzle handwritten would take at least 30 or 40 minutes.

Just the opposite for me. I've been using a writing utensil for 50 years and have been using a keyboard barely 15. Still a hunt and pecker.


you sound old

i keed

38 years old here...learned how to properly type in middle school (7th grade, maybe?)...i'd learned stuff like homerow keys in 2nd grade, but didn't keep up practice. anyway, i got REALLY good at typing in the late-90s when i got into the online chatrooms...had to get fast to keep up with the conversations

my handwriting has devolved so terribly since 1996 that i now print much faster and neater than i write cursive
 
2014-07-13 10:09:28 PM  

John Buck 41: Digital Xwords are a huge pain in the ass to do time-wise. Fu*k that.


I do the washington post digital crosseord monday - friday. Its a great way to enjoy my coffee while my brain wakes up. Plus i can multi task while I do them
 
2014-07-13 10:09:30 PM  
I'm still really pissed at Magmic for screwing me over. Got the NYT xword puzzle app on a kindle that I got for Christmas, everything was fine for a month and then it crapped out in February. I tried deleting and redownloading the app about once a month until the app disappeared from the store, while they keep my year long subscription.

/rant off
 
2014-07-13 10:11:05 PM  

Whack-a-Mole: Wife, Sunday puzzle, pens. Breakfast.
Win.


well three out of four ain't bad
 
2014-07-13 10:14:13 PM  
I've done digital crosswords. They just don't compare favorably to the pen and paper kind of crossword found in newspapers.

bungle_jr: my handwriting has devolved so terribly since 1996 that i now print much faster and neater than i write cursive


I went from writing cursive to writing print because cursive writing hurt my wrists, took more time, and was by far more illegible than my print writing.
 
2014-07-13 10:15:34 PM  

fusillade762: People might forget words like "apse" and "epee"! The HORROR!!!

/kidding, I love crossword puzzles


And years in Roman numerals.

/shakes fist
 
2014-07-13 10:18:11 PM  

mjjt: [i58.tinypic.com image 850x499]


That is truly quite amazing.  The NYT crossword regularly sets the bar high.
 
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