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From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2008, 18:37
Fredrik Ekman wrote:
> On Sat, May 31, 2008 7:44 am, Tristan McLeay said: > >> Without intending to belittle Paul's achievements, I think most >> crosswords these days are made by computer. > > Depends. The ones you find in major newspapers, I would bet, are still > produced manually. Even (or perhaps especially) the "fancy symmetrical > ones".
I'm quite sure they are, especially, as you say, the "fancy symmetrical ones."
> That kind of crossword must have existed before there even were any > computers,
It most certainly did!
> and making a good one is considered an art by the connoisseurs.
Yep. I've done this several times for my one amusement. Computers are very useful for doing complicated & repetitive stuff that one finds boring, but using a dumb machine for doing something one likes doing! No way. Leave it for unimaginative newspapers to use computers to set make their unimaginative crosswords. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]