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Sunday, May 12, 2019

CALLING ALL TECHIES


One of my ways of preserving some semblance of sanity is to do the TIMES crossword puzzle each day.  Mondays are dead easy, then each day is a bit harder, until Friday and Saturday are really challenging.  I do them in ink, since pencil does not read as easily.  The Thursday puzzle always has an interesting gimmick in it, sometimes very hard to decipher. The Sunday puzzle is very big but only about as hard as the Wednesday puzzle.

On Sunday, there is sometimes a DoubleCrostic, and that is where the problem arises.  I love doing DoubleCrostics but I hate filling in the letters and I am constantly making mistakes.  I have long thought that if I were as rich as Bezos, I would hire someone whose whole job would be to fill in the DoubleCrostic letters for me.

And then it struck me:  This is a perfect job for an App.  It should be child’s play to design an App that automatically links the letters in the answers to the clues to the places in the puzzle where they go.  Surely there must be an online DoubleCrostic site that does that.

Anybody?

4 comments:

Brian W. Ogilvie said...

If you subscribe to the Times crossword puzzle online (which requires paying extra), the NYT's own software does this. The subscription gives you access to the archives, too, going back to 1999 in the case of the acrostic (and November 1993 for the regular puzzle).

DDA said...

Yes, the subscription gets one quite a lot. KenKen is more fun online and crossword work has less overhead. https://www.nytimes.com/puzzles/acrostic/2019/05/12

Robert Paul Wolff said...

but does it automatically fill in the letters in a Doublecrostic???

DDA said...

@RPW Yes, of course it does. That's what computers are for.