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#123240 - 02/21/04 01:53 PM Re: This one is easier
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#123241 - 02/22/04 01:40 AM Re: This one is easier
I would expect (1'3) for an answer with an apostrophe or (1-3) for a hyphenated answer. But I have no idea what the practice might be in a US publication.
#123242 - 02/22/04 04:06 PM Re: This one is easier
Bingley, the NYT crossword puzzles are just made for you, it appears. The answer to "mate's cry" is indeed "G'day"
#123243 - 02/23/04 01:33 AM Re: This one is easier
In both cases my answers were wild guesses. It's why I prefer cryptics, I can check my answers from each part of the clue against each other.
#123244 - 02/23/04 07:55 AM Much of it is what you're used to
Loc: lower upstate New York
First, I'm sorry that my parenthetical qualifier in the opening post may have led some to believe the NYT clue was a cryptic.
USns are used to crosswords that address your knowledge ("Basball Hall of Famer," e.g.) and your ability to work out a theme (especially in the bigger Sunday puzzles); sometimes puns are used.
The Brit norm is the cryptic, which is more ecumenical in that any intelligent English speaker has a good chance of solving it knowing the skills involved.
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