Cryptic Crosswords

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Josh Mandel
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Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Josh Mandel » December 28th, 2008, 10:31 am

If anyone's trying the magic-themed Cryptic Crosswords and has any questions, I'm here to help.

Similarly, if anyone's trying them and just wants to rant, complain, or verbally assault my ancestors and me, I'm here for that, too.

--Josh

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Joe M. Turner » December 28th, 2008, 11:00 am

Josh, I enjoyed it a lot. I had to peek at the solution a couple of times until I got the hang of it but now that I "get it," I'm looking forward to the next puzzle!

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Josh Mandel » December 28th, 2008, 11:07 am

Hey, Joe, nice to see you!

I'm so glad you liked it!

--Josh

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Ed Oschmann » December 28th, 2008, 11:24 am

Thanks for the tutorial. Made the trip across the country more the enjoyable. I had to cheat on a few. The clue for Lovell was way beyond me.

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Josh Mandel » December 29th, 2008, 9:27 am

Ed,

Once the Lovell solution was explained (granted, the explanations are minimal), did it make sense to you, or were you still left wondering how we'd arrived at Lovell?

Josh

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Matthew Field » December 31st, 2008, 5:18 am

Josh -- this is very sweet for me. I'm a cryptics fanatic. I've won the Harper's puzzle competition twice and am in heaven in England where cryptics abound.

For those of you interested in non-magic themed cryptic crosswords, I recommend http://www.puzzlecrypt.com and http://www.lafn.org/~keglerron/kegler.html .

Matt Field

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Pete McCabe » January 1st, 2009, 2:12 am

I really enjoyed the puzzle and look forward to the next one.

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Harry Lorayne » January 1st, 2009, 4:54 pm

Admittedly, I'm a lousy computer person. So, you all have seen the puzzle. I'll be d***ed if I know how to get to it. HL.

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby AJM » January 1st, 2009, 5:31 pm

I'm with Harry - I've no idea what puzzle everyone else seems to be enjoying.

(And I do like cryptic crosswords - Matt, try The Scotsman newspaper).

And Harry - you're not a lousy computer person!

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2009, 6:18 pm

The first magic-themed Cryptic Crossword appears on p.16 of our January issue.
Subscribe today to Genii Magazine

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Josh Mandel » January 1st, 2009, 7:23 pm

Matthew,

Ah, I'm really glad to hear that there are already some Cryptic fans out there among the Genii readership...sometimes, at least here in the US, it feels a little lonely. I'm guessing you'll find the Genii cryptics a good deal easier than most of the UK ones. I've tried to keep the Magic-themed puzzles relatively simple. (Have you ever seen the ones in The Nation? They're NASTY.)

Pete, thank you, I'm glad you tried it -- and liked it.

--Josh

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby Evan Shuster » January 1st, 2009, 8:28 pm

Great idea, and another great addition to Genii. Josh, thanks for the carefully outlined tutorial; without it I'd be lost. Come to think of it, even with it I'm still a little lost, but starting to get the hang of it. Good fun!

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Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Postby AJM » January 2nd, 2009, 6:38 am

Thanks Richard - I'll have to be patient until I receive the January issue.

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