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1-20-2009 @ 8:45AM
While better than previous efforts, this is still not a 'true' crossword, lacking rotational symmetry and having too much black space for instance.There is software to help with the creation of such things, possibly web-based as well (I haven't searched).Failing that, I'll offer a little advice of my own, as someone who used-to hand prepare crosswords.1) Keep it smaller2) Choose 2 or 4 larger words, preferably the same length3) Use these words as the 'spine' of the crossword4) Write down sets of smaller words, like a list of 3 letter, 4 letter, 5 letter etc5) Add the smaller words to the crossword in a symmetrical fashion as best you can, starting with the longer ones, and trying to create joins where possible (eg. hero, hemo, mage, omen can be placed to create a nonuniform square)Lastly be sure you really love doing this. Creating (good) crosswords is difficult and time-consuming, and my experience is those that are truly good at doing it share not only a love for the medium but an OCD approach to the work as well!
1-20-2009 @ 8:49AM
Unfortunately, these aren't going to be symmetrical crosswords. No way, no how. There's not enough time in the day, and not enough money in the world. Plus, I'm pretty sure Azeroth is not a big enough place to sustain a weekly symmetrical crossword.Asymmetrical or nothin'.
1-20-2009 @ 7:18PM
Jimsonweed, as a crossword afficionado, your comments are right on the money!I do appreciate the effort... but guys, I would like to encourage that you watch the documentary "Wordplay" with crossword guru Will Shortz. It explains how many blocks to start with, which blocks to use, etc. in creating what would be considered a "true" NYT-style crossword. And we all know those are really the only ones that really count.One of the things that I think would make these crosswords much better is to not be afraid to also sprinkle in regular nonWoW-specific words. It will make fitting the blocks much easier. But make sure, like the NYT versions, to come up with a theme. We LIVE to figure out the entire puzzle based on the themes!
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