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  1. #18741
    Quote Originally Posted by mattman91 View Post
    I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this. Black Friday.




    That is all.
    Yeah buddy - good luck.

  2. #18742
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Yeah buddy - good luck.
    Up since 4am, still not awake.

  3. #18743
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruBlu View Post
    Skeet
    Yup, finished the puzzle last night. Makes sense, did not know that though.

    I have enjoyed the invention of electronic crosswords, so you can know if the answer is wrong. I originally thought it was kind of a cheat, but I try to finish with no errors or as few as possible.
    Birds arenít real. Do your own research!

  4. #18744
    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    Yup, finished the puzzle last night. Makes sense, did not know that though.

    I have enjoyed the invention of electronic crosswords, so you can know if the answer is wrong. I originally thought it was kind of a cheat, but I try to finish with no errors or as few as possible.
    Wife and I are huge crossword fans. Much prefer paper puzzles.

  5. #18745
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Wife and I are huge crossword fans. Much prefer paper puzzles.
    I can respect that.
    Birds arenít real. Do your own research!

  6. #18746
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    Chesapeake, VA.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Wife and I are huge crossword fans. Much prefer paper puzzles.
    I much prefer cryptic crosswords. If you haven't tried them, you should.

  7. #18747
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    I much prefer cryptic crosswords. If you haven't tried them, you should.
    Do you mean acrostic puzzles? Those bend my mind into knots.

    I fell for my wife early on based on her crossword acumen. We are dorks.

  8. #18748
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    Feb 2007
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    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Black Friday?

    Nope - Opening Night!! Off to the theater later on.

  9. #18749
    I'm starting to grow weary of turkey.

  10. #18750
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    Chesapeake, VA.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Do you mean acrostic puzzles? Those bend my mind into knots.

    I fell for my wife early on based on her crossword acumen. We are dorks.
    No, I mean cryptics. They do them in Britain ask the time. Each clue has two clues contained within it. One is a straightforward clue and the other is a word play clue. What makes it challenging is that the solver has to figure out which part of the clue is which, and what the clues mean, and the good puzzles hide it pretty well.

    An example clue.
    Pop singer upset Prebytarians.(7,6)

    Pop singer is the straight up clue. The word upset tells the solver that the word play is an anagram. The numbers in the parentheses tell you the length of the word or words in the answer. Therefore, the answer to the clue is obtained by rearranging the letters of the word Presbytarians into words that mean or are a pop singer.

    The answer is Britney Spears.

    It's complicated, and there are about 8 different forms of word play that can be used. It takes some getting used to and some practice, but once you get the hang of them they are really satisfying.

  11. #18751
    ^^^^^I am a huge dope. rsvman, I barely understood a word of your description above.
    Really, I am embarrassed.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  12. #18752
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    Don't feel bad, weezie. It's really complicated and I didn't explain it very well.

    Maybe another example will help. Keys stick with clues of the anagram type. There is always a tip off word in the clue to let you know it's an anagram clue. Here's a simple one.

    Wild West food (4)

    In this clue, the word "wild" tells the solver that there is an anagram in the clue. The word "food" is the straight clue. So, the solver knows that he had to rearrange the four letters of the word "west" into a word that means food.
    So, the answer is "stew."

    Does that one clarify it a bit?

  13. #18753
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    Theater first last night - our cast got a laugh for our entrance in the blue light!

  14. #18754
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    ...Does that one clarify it a bit?
    Better. But I still maintain my plodding lack of cleverness. But it looks like fun!
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  15. #18755
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Don't feel bad, weezie. It's really complicated and I didn't explain it very well.

    Maybe another example will help. Keys stick with clues of the anagram type. There is always a tip off word in the clue to let you know it's an anagram clue. Here's a simple one.

    Wild West food (4)

    In this clue, the word "wild" tells the solver that there is an anagram in the clue. The word "food" is the straight clue. So, the solver knows that he had to rearrange the four letters of the word "west" into a word that means food.
    So, the answer is "stew."

    Does that one clarify it a bit?
    Do you have a good resource for online puzzles of this ilk?

  16. #18756
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Do you have a good resource for online puzzles of this ilk?
    It's hard to find good stuff online. There are several sites that have online puzzles, but the quality isn't always the best. Henry Rathvon and Emily Cox work together to make some of the best of this type of puzzle, and they've put together several collections. At the beginning of each there is an explanation of each type of clue and some examples of how they are used. They are Canadian, so some of their puzzles have stuff that's harder for Americans to understand.

    There is another cryptic crossword writer named Wayne Robert Williams that has several series of puzzle books out. One of these series is entitled "Cryptic Crosswords for US," with the "US" meaning that they were written for American solvers. One of these books might make a good stocking stuffer. They run about 12-16 bucks or so.
    "We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world." --M. Proust

  17. #18757
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    ^^^^^I am a huge dope. rsvman, I barely understood a word of your description above.
    Really, I am embarrassed.
    Me too weezie me too. I've always been a fan of fill-in puzzles.

  18. #18758
    Quote Originally Posted by kmspeaks View Post
    Me too weezie me too. I've always been a fan of fill-in puzzles.
    Well, maybe we have something to entertain ourselves with, now that coloring is back in fashion...
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  19. #18759
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    Well, maybe we have something to entertain ourselves with, now that coloring is back in fashion...
    Hell, it's been an independent study at unc for about 25 years!
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  20. #18760
    I could have used an independent study or two during undergrad...

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