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Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:23 pm
by Joe Ross

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:12 am
by Joe Ross
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Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:49 am
by pddigi
Deleted - I think I might have posted in the wrong area.

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:25 am
by Joe Ross
pddigi wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:49 am
Deleted - I think I might have posted in the wrong area.
Whatever you have to post, it's welcome here.

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:07 pm
by Joe Ross

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:13 am
by Joe Ross
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Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:13 pm
by Joe Ross

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:13 am
by Joe Ross
I will create Excel forms for crosswords, cryptics, & acrostics, if they aren't hexagonal & if they do not vary too far from a 15x15 grid. PM me if you want a particular puzzle in Excel. Anyone may request this, particularly creators. If it is a standard 15x15 puzzle, do not hesitate to ask.

I don't post links to subscribed puzzles, for the obvious reason. I create & use a spreadsheet for MGWCC, every week, since I subscribe and (attempt to) solve. If you subscribe, feel free to request it, once, & I will PM the link every week, until you say "Stop."

I also create a spreadsheet for the weekly WSJ Number Puzzles. IMO, it's the perfect tool for solving Killer Sudoku. No, it doesn't "solve" the puzzle via formulas, although it could be modified to do so. You'd have to edit it yourself, or find someone much smarter than me.

If a Muggle (or creator) subscribes to a puzzle, PM me & I can create it. I will also send the standard 15x15 blank, with instructions on how to create your own. You'll need to send me the PDF or PUZ file. I include the clues, if they are available in an image, such as a PDF. I will not type a puzzle's worth of clues.

After creating a few, a standard 15x15 puzzle requires 2 or 3 minutes to create the form, 5 total minutes, maybe, including posting or PMing the link.

This Saturday's WSJ Acrostic is wider & is shallower, so it took me awhile to create it. I'm not a fan of spending 30+ minutes creating a single puzzle form. Ask, but I may decline!

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:08 am
by Inca
You are so nice to offer this.
I have a technical question. I've noticed that when I tab after filling a square on the crossword grid that while it normally advances to the next square, if it is the last square of the word, it will advance to the next "white" square, jumping over the black ones. (BTW, I love this) How do you do that?

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:21 am
by Joe Ross
The black cells (of grid #1) and all numbered cells are locked (Format Cells... Protection...) and cannot be edited. Excel skips locked cells when TABbing.

The black cells of grids #2 through #15 can have characters, which show as light gray.

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:16 pm
by KayW
Joe Ross wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:13 am
I will create Excel forms for crosswords, cryptics, & acrostics, if they aren't hexagonal & if they do not vary too far from a 15x15 grid. PM me if you want a particular puzzle in Excel. Anyone may request this, particularly creators. If it is a standard 15x15 puzzle, do not hesitate to ask.

I don't post links to subscribed puzzles, for the obvious reason. I create & use a spreadsheet for MGWCC, every week, since I subscribe and (attempt to) solve. If you subscribe, feel free to request it, once, & I will PM the link every week, until you say "Stop."

I also create a spreadsheet for the weekly WSJ Number Puzzles. IMO, it's the perfect tool for solving Killer Sudoku. No, it doesn't "solve" the puzzle via formulas, although it could be modified to do so. You'd have to edit it yourself, or find someone much smarter than me.

If a Muggle (or creator) subscribes to a puzzle, PM me & I can create it. I will also send the standard 15x15 blank, with instructions on how to create your own. You'll need to send me the PDF or PUZ file. I include the clues, if they are available in an image, such as a PDF. I will not type a puzzle's worth of clues.

After creating a few, a standard 15x15 puzzle requires 2 or 3 minutes to create the form, 5 total minutes, maybe, including posting or PMing the link.

This Saturday's WSJ Acrostic is wider & is shallower, so it took me awhile to create it. I'm not a fan of spending 30+ minutes creating a single puzzle form. Ask, but I may decline!
Joe that is unbelievably kind of you to offer to create a template for the acrostics. But IMHO the online solving mechanism that WSJ already provides for acrostics is more than adequate and friendly. And this is coming from the queen of the paper dinosaurs!

(Acrostics are the only puzzle type I've found so far that I actually prefer to solve online. Because transcribing the letters from the answer key to the grid is so tedious. And in the case of my geezer eyesight, incredibly error-prone!)

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:44 pm
by Inca
Joe Ross wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:21 am
The black cells (of grid #1) and all numbered cells are locked (Format Cells... Protection...) and cannot be edited. Excel skips locked cells when TABbing.

The black cells of grids #2 through #15 can have characters, which show as light gray.
Aaaah, that makes sense, thanks

Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:00 am
by Joe Ross
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Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:14 pm
by Joe Ross