Re: Joe Ross' Guide to Solving the WSJ Meta with Excel
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:23 pm
A place to discuss the WSJ Weekly Crossword Contest and other "meta"-style crosswords
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!Joe Ross wrote: ↑Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:13 amI 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!
Aaaah, that makes sense, thanks