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Re: crossword poll #24020
03/28/01 12:37 PM
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Many of the serious crosswords are available free, online, either to fill in online or print off, at least in UK. Check out the sites for the Times, Telegraph, etc.

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Re: crossword poll #24021
03/28/01 12:41 PM
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I suspect that if they are free in the UK, they will probably be free around the world.

And why didn't you mention the Grauniad? Fiendish and packed with personality! Try today's: http://www.guardian.co.uk/crossword/java/blank/1,7082,-4106,00.html

cheer

the sunshine warrior


Re: crossword poll #24022
03/28/01 01:06 PM
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Well-- 2 catches-
1) its easier if you hold down the ALT key, and the press print screen-- it then save the image to the clipboard, and you can paste it into a document and print the document.

2) but-- they don't show you all the clues at once- so you have to scroll, and repeat the process several times to get all the clues--

(you could just print the grid, and use your computer to find all the clues...)

Trick #1 works with all active windows... I use it all the time when creating documentation. I often want to have screen captures, to show users exactly what they will see on their screen.


Re: crossword poll #24023
03/28/01 01:42 PM
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OK, I'll fess up.
I do one at thinks.com (from a Baltimore newspaper) it's an medium to easy one depending on the author.
It has a feature I like - you click the "regular button" and if you get a word or letter wrong it shows up in red .. correct letters show in white in blue box. Or you can do it without clicking the box and you are on your own ... no red hints.
Gets the brain going first thing in the a.m.
If I buy a crossword book for the car - to ease waiting times - I buy the easy ones and if I get stumped I look up the answer in the back.
OK, so I cheat! Big deal. "Sister" isn't looking over my shoulder anymore. They're supposed to be fun!
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Re: Quadrivial #24024
03/28/01 01:59 PM
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Dr. Bob wonders: what would you call quadrivial?

Umm, lessee, I keep forgetting...arithmetic, geography? astronomy? what's the other one? Common thread here?

Oh, OK, I googled it (yes it is googlable™):

QUADRIVIUM: In the Middle Ages, the higher division of the seven liberal arts, comprising the mathematical sciences (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music).

So, quadrivial would be meaninglessly intricate?

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Re: Quadrivial #24025
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Scientists call things everybody can understand "trivial" so I was suggesting "quadrivial" for things hard to understand.


Re: Quadrivial #24026
03/28/01 04:55 PM
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"I was suggesting 'quadrivial' for things hard to understand."


And I thought "quadrivial" was for things requiring "fourthought!"



Re: Understanding vs remembering #24027
03/28/01 08:00 PM
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suggesting 'quadrivial' for things hard to understand."

Anyone else had this happen to them ?
When an intricate, even arcane thing is explained to me I can follow and understand it , yea, even write an easily understandable exposition ... HOWEVER ... a day, week, month later I cannot explain it to anyone. I know what "it" means or causes but at a loss to explain to someone else as it was explained to me.
Is there a word for this? (she asked, neatly tying it to words!)
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Re: crossword poll #24028
03/29/01 04:21 AM
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In reply to:

I will resort to looking things up, but only to extend my knowledge, or sometimes help out my failing memory.


Whereas I stubbornly refuse to do so, which is probably why I can't do the Listener style ones (plus the fact that I refuse to spend half an hour just trying to understand the instructions). If there is a prize I will look in a dictionary after I've completed the grid to check an answer that I've filled in but am not sure about, just to make sure it's worth while sending it in. If I'm wrong then I don't change it and send it in -- that's cheating.

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Re: Understanding vs remembering #24029
03/29/01 04:29 AM
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I know what "it" means or causes but at a loss to explain to someone else as it was explained to me.


Apparently Augustine had the same problem with time. He said something like, "When I explain it to myself I understand it, but if I explain it to anyone else, I don't understand it." I haven't got to that bit yet (if indeed it comes from the Confessions), but I'll let you know if he has a word for this phenomenon.

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