- Why isn't the puzzle in my paper the same as the one shown on your blog?
- How are you so quick, publishing your solution before I even get my newspaper??!!
- How long does it take you write up each puzzle?
- How do I leave a comment?
- Why are the last few letters on the bottom-right of the grid always shaded?
Why isn't the puzzle in my paper the same as the one shown on your blog?
If the puzzle in your paper doesn't match the one that I solved, it is probably a Sunday crossword. On Sundays, the "LA Times" chooses to publish Merl Reagle's excellent crossword, and not their own "LA Times" Crossword. The "LA Times" puzzle is still sent out in syndication, and is also published in the "LA Times" online. I've been asked to blog about Merl Reagle's crossword, but frankly I don't have the time. Sunday puzzles have lots of clues!
How are you so quick, publishing your solution before I even get my newspaper??!!
I do the "LA Times" crossword online. The crossword is published online a few hours before it appears in the print edition. Actually, the crossword is available online at 7 p.m. Pacific Time each evening. I usually do the crossword late in the evening, just before I head for bed.
How long does it take you write up each puzzle?
After I’ve finished the crossword (hopefully I managed to finish!), I take about an hour to do lookups and write up things I hope will be of interest. It takes about another fifteen minutes to format and publish everything. I take about twice that time for the larger, Sunday crossword. Although the Blog is all my own original work, I do copy and paste from previous posts where it makes sense. I mean, how much original material can one write about OREO cookies??!!
How do I leave a comment?
If you wish to leave a public comment, click on the “Comments” link at the bottom of the post. I use a service called Blogger (a Google subsidiary), and by default you will be offered the opportunity to sign in using a user name or “identity”, should you have one. You don’t have to give any name at all, and can just press on the “Anonymous” button. Most people who leave an “anonymous” comment include a first name or nickname below the comment, just to be friendly, but it’s not necessary. If you want to comment, but not publicly, then you can send me an email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer all emails, and usually within 24 hours.
Why are the last few letters on the bottom-right of the grid always shaded?
I solve the LA Times crossword online, so I download the puzzle every evening into a crossword program called Across Lite, and solve it on my computer. When I am done, I take a "picture" of the finished puzzle on the screen and post it so that readers of the blog can see it everyday.
The problem is that Across Lite always highlights the space in the grid where I am typing an answer, so there will always be one answer shaded. I try to make it a little less distracting by always tabbing down to the last answer leaving the shading in the bottom right of the grid.