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The art of the crossword

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charade clues #5: setting exercise [Dec. 12th, 2006|01:40 am]
The art of the crossword







  • you can use common abbreviations

  • you can break a word into more than two pieces

  • you can combine those pieces in multiple ways (A and B in C, for example)

  • if you're having trouble with a definition, "for example" is always an option


[User Picture]From: kittentikka
2006-12-13 07:02 pm (UTC)
Genuine question here - why? Why does there need to be a canon?
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2006-12-13 07:17 pm (UTC)
It's in the interest of fairness to the solver. So the rules are roughly, if you use a word as fodder, use the actual word (no anagram-of-a-synonym, for instance), and if you use a word in the clue to stand for a word in the answer, it should be as near an exact synonym as possible (skipping over the whole 'class membership' range of possibilities for the moment).

This applies to abbreviations and contractions too - they count as "proper synonyms" if they are actual abbreviations in common use. Thus "second" for "S" works, or "doctor" for "DR", because they are accessible to the solver; "tea" for "T" doesn't because s/he has to guess that that's what you mean. The intent isn't so much to have a canon of crossword abbreviations (though it has tended to become that over time) as to use no abbreviation in a crossword that isn't part of standard English usage.
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[User Picture]From: kittentikka
2006-12-13 08:22 pm (UTC)
Aah, that makes it all clear. I had been thinking in terms of crosswords, rather than language. Thank you.
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