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pancreas24601 16 months ago


pancreas24601I did one!

With no help apart from, when I had the answer but wasn’t quite sure if the meaning was right, using the thesaurus to check definition against wordplay.
This is one of the easier crossword setters from The Age so I’ll have to tackle a harder one next. I’m so pleased! 15 months ago


pancreas24601First and second steps

This is one of the samples we were given in the class I took. We did several clues as a class and then in small groups, and I finished it later (with a lot of help from online resources such as thesaurus, google, anagramfinder and oneacross.
This was the first step.

The second involved downloading a whole heap along with a crossword software where I got to do them on my own, although I could check whether letters were correct, which I did several times, as well as aforementioned resources. I didn’t ask the software to reveal any letters though. and I did finish a crossword that way.

I’ve started the next step – doing one of these by myself but without using cheat resources – only exception is once I think I have the answer (from the definition) I can use something like a thesaurus to help me check the wordplay until I understand the clue in both senses. I’ve done well in one of these, but I can only cross off this goal once I manage to complete one in this way without cheating. Very happy with my progress so far after only a few days. 15 months ago


pancreas24601I took a class

I took the introductory class in solving cryptic crosswords last night and I found it really helpful. We were taught basic clues and about the definition, linking words, instruction and fodder. I found to my surprise that I was able to do three clues from one sample before the class began. We did a number of clues as a class, and then in small groups, and I’ve been doing more clues since then. Often I find it easiest to try to work backwards from a synonym of the definition that fits the number of clues, to then try to make that fit the wordplay. It gets easier as I have more letters, and it’s great that having two parts of a clue means that when I get it right I can be sure of it, and don’t have to go back to fix an answer later when the letters don’t fit for another clue (which I do sometimes in quick crosswords).
I’m excited about doing more! 15 months ago


pancreas24601Registered for a Class

I’ve registered for a class in January to teach me how to do these. Very exciting! 16 months ago


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