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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Thu, 29th May '08 4:08 PM

WP AND CLUE/PUZZLE CONSTRUCTION

Just exchanged emails with a plat. member who mentioned (and I had also noticed) that a recent puzzle had at least three clues that were taken straight from the internet. If you typed in the clue to the puzzle you got the precise words necessary.
Now this seems to me to be :
1) Careless on the puzzle-setters part -- if you cant be bothered to make up your own wording why do the puzzle at all?
2) generally poor tactics in puzzle-compiling. You dont want people to be able to get the answer that fast.

Could I ask our sploofus editors to add something to that effect into the WP handbook? I remember we revisited this theme after a cat-quotation WP but the message obviously did not sink in.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Thu, 29th May '08 4:22 PM

Good points. Would you mind C&P-ing this into the Hotwire "Platinum Members Guide to Word Puzzle Authoring" thread? We are hoping that thread will serve as the central spot for on-going discussions, instead of having things spread out over hundreds of different places.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 1:29 AM

Yes Barry....
Stop spreading yourself out
over hundreds of places....
Or - if you must go -
please take me with you


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