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Gee, I guess it's my week to kvetch about the NYT [Sep. 7th, 2006|01:58 pm]
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530nm330hz
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Gripes about cluing Wednesday's NYT [Sep. 6th, 2006|03:39 pm]
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530nm330hz
[mood |gripy]
[music |[4D]]

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Back to both ways [Sep. 5th, 2006|09:59 pm]
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elainetyger
In preparation for a crossword tournament at the end of the month, I've gone back to using both across and down clues.

NYTimes:
Sat 9/1 about 14 minutes -- sucks, but done in 2 shifts on the subway today, the second with the woman next to me trying to strike up a conversation, which is unusual among the emotionally undisturbed on the train.

Sun 9/2 17:49 with my ambulance partner repeatedly trying to strike up a conversation. The bad time, though, was not entirely his fault; I stumbled over the theme entries, which annoyed me to distraction with their contrivance. I need to get over that and be able to focus when the puzzle pisses me off.

Mon 9/4 3:48 fun theme
Tue 9/5 3:54

NY Sun:
Tue 9/5 4:50

Funny that both the Times (17A) and Sun (60A) today included essentially the same theme answer, but with completely different intent. I liked the Sun puzzle better today, with the straight-clued theme.
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Statement from Will Shortz [Aug. 30th, 2006|03:23 pm]
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jangler_npl
Will has sent me a few emails clarifying his positions on some of the issues I brought up in this community, and he has given me permission to post one of them:

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Target solving times [Aug. 26th, 2006|09:45 am]
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copyright1983
After seeing "Wordplay," I've become inspired to become a better crossword solver. I consider myself fairly decent (although nowhere near the level of Trip, Ellen, et al.), but I'm always looking to improve. The question is how to measure that progress.

Currently, I time myself on forty puzzles per week: seven each of the NYT, LAT, CS, Newsday, and Universal crosswords, plus five in the Sun. What I'd like to hear from the community here is a sense of target times for each of these that are worthy but attainable goals. I know the Newsday and CS puzzles are considerably easier than the NYT, NYS, and LAT, but just how much easier? Also, the Universal puzzles don't vary in difficulty, so the same target would probably work for each day.

We need something to start from (because otherwise this is all going to be relative), so let's assume that my target for the Monday NYT is 4:00. Where should I set the rest of the benchmarks?

Thanks,

Mike Frentz
Seattle, WA
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First for AcrossLite [Aug. 25th, 2006|11:02 am]
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tmcay
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(no subject) [Aug. 23rd, 2006|01:26 pm]
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530nm330hz
Oops. I meant to post this discussion of the Tuesday NYT puzzle here, not in my own blog.
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The future of XWP [Aug. 23rd, 2006|09:42 am]
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530nm330hz
I feel suddenly bereft, as I did when Treesong stopped publishing GotS just as I started writing flats. I've started constructing seriously, and I found that this community served a unique purpose -- the assessment of the daily puzzles from a constructor's perspective.

Orange's blog is a great place to review each puzzle from a solver's POV -- which entries were particularly challenging or surprisingly fresh, what clues stood out in solvers' minds. C-L is a place for people to ask for help while constructing. XWP seems to be a unique place where we can analyze and deconstruct the decisions that the constructor made. I think that's a great way to learn and improve.

When puzzles were discussed on the day of publication, we had a lot more traffic. Things were fresh in people's minds, and it's easier to dash off a quick note about a given day's theme being clever and new or stale and inconsistent than it is to prepare a week-end report.

So, with deep gratitude to Jangler for getting the ball rolling, I suggest that we go back to the informal water-cooler approach and have a separate thread for each puzzle, when an individual puzzle is worth discussing.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2006|07:53 pm]
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jangler_npl
I will no longer be maintaining this community. It's a pretty big time commitment to write, and I feel there's not really that much more for me to say. I won't delete it, and others can feel free to post if they wish, but I think it's pretty much run its course.

Thanks for reading,
Jangler
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Weekly Recap: August 13--August 19 [Aug. 19th, 2006|05:40 pm]
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jangler_npl
There are snakes on the plane. Puzzle-related spoilers inside.Collapse )
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