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Re: [announce] Invented Languages magazine

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2008, 5:44
On 31/05/08 15:29:27, David J. Peterson wrote:

> Call it blasphemy, but I am more impressed by someone who > can put together a functional, New York Times-style crossword > puzzle than by someone who creates a language. I have tried, > on occasion, to produce a crossword puzzle. Not in a conlang, > or a second language, mind you, but in English--my home court, > as it were. And while I can do an elementary school crossword > puzzle (the ones where there is, at most, two intersections > between words), I have attempted a real one, and ended up > tearing it to shreds. I tried desperately to find a word in English > that ended in "-ec" and was eleven letters long. I'm not sure > such a thing exists. To you, sir, I tip my hat. And if you really > did want to put together a conlang crossword, I'd give you > some words. I'd be delighted to see the result.
Without intending to belittle Paul's achievements, I think most crosswords these days are made by computer. Those fancy symmetrical ones or whatever probably get the words out of a database and then at most a human comes up with the clues. -- Tristan.


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Fredrik Ekman <ekman@...>Crosswords (was: [announce] Invented Languages magazine)