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CrossworDS, the newest Touch Generations game to hit the DS, is exactly what it claims to be: a package of crossword puzzles. But wait, there's more! You'll also get a bunch of anagram and word search puzzles! And they all work exactly as you'd expect on the DS. Each type of game has several difficulty settings, although you only have access to Easy and Medium at first. The bulk of the game is made up of crosswords, and there are over one thousand distinct puzzles to enjoy. The crosswords begin easily enough with a 4x4 open grid, but they quickly ramp up to complex New York Times-style puzzle layouts. There are fewer anagrams and word searches, but it will still take forever to complete them all. Word search is a simple matter of drawing a line over the recognized word; Anagrams gives you a bunch of letter tiles, and your job is to drag them into the blank spaces to create as many words as you can - no writing necessary. CrossworDS can be played by left and right-handers, and you can highlight the clue for a particular region of the grid by tapping "across" or "down." Fill in blanks with the stylus by writing the letter. The game politely auto-scrolls to the next blank if you're filling in a particular word. Crossword puzzles are timed, but it's of little consequence beyond using clues, which penalizes you in terms of added time. You can get hints in the form of a new clue, a free letter, or the filling in of the entire word. There's also an option to correct wrong letters: If you fill in a letter that's not correct, the game will show the letter in red, and you can erase it and try again. It’s important to note that the game engine may have problems with the handwriting of some players. My wife, who never plays video games but loves crosswords and therefore this DS cart, doesn't have any problems in the writing-recognition area, but I found that I had to employ a few strategies to get constant recognition of my handwriting. These tactics included using capital letters, writing certain letters from the top down (a huge help with letters like E, K, and G), and trying to take up as much of each square’s empty spaces as I could. You may still have trouble with the letter K (which the game almost always recognizes as X), but again, this is an issue that you’ll learn to work around.
CrossworDS is a classic travel game. mostly to see my grandmother (Maidie will be 97 end of next month but I can't be there on Memorial Day. you can’t go wrong. The hardest working solver there … I think he shared his thoughts on Amy's blog and is Brian and Ryan's special correspondent if you want to check out his take. Gave myself an extra hour to get lost. Andrea Carla Michaels. (He finished JUST outside the finals and even set them up. But if Rex says write. we celebrated and no one was the wiser…). It's very fun thanks to its simplicity. the very first Crosswords Los Angeles Tournament was held at Loyola Marymount University.A. He personified what these "competitions" are like in that they don't feel like competitions … and I don't think I'm just saying that because my name is not Eric and I don't have a chance to win! Doug warmly greeted me. Report from the Crosswords Los Angeles Tournament Last weekend. I write! But I also wanted to wait till there would be fewer spoilers and you could relate to the puzzles we had to solve. I waited a bit to write up what happened in Los Angeles because I confused it with Las Vegas. Our undercover spy. schmooze beforehand … and glad I did. but not before Swedish-sounding Doug Peterson. SO I flew down to L. Drove to non-UCAL-Loyola Marymount.. was on the ground and brings us the following report of the event: OK. Got there extremely early. Sounds like everybody had an awesome time (as you would expect). relaxing. and there’s plenty of puzzles to keep you busy. And you could sympathize with writing DUMB as a post. so I just told her that it was almost June. If that’s what you’re looking for. and it exercises your brain. hit traffic.) . and I thought what happens in Lalaland stays in Lalaland. etc. instead of DEAF. It’s simple. it's graphically clean and simple.
libraries. They all knew each other from many puzzle gatherings. the guy that broke up with Carrie on a post-it and who was in "Office Space") and Todd Gross who just got his first puzzle accepted for the L. Times. but really. kids. laminated name tags.) There was a huge showing of NPLers (National Puzzle Leaguers. Somehow she managed to only charge $25 (that went to a terrific cause) and yet every competitor got a Dell book. self-deprecating and she managed to keep things running PLUS gave us lunch! These mini-tourneys are great. Susan Gelfand (who was a volunteer). etc. Here's the thing … Elissa Grossman was amazing. (I honestly don't know if there were other crossword blog commenters there. led a huge. Funny. There was also a super-cute childhood friend of Peter Notfor-me Gordon. Alan Olschwang. mechanical pencils. but I've just noticed on the results page actor Dennis Boutsikaris. northern tournaments. The three or four I've taken part in have all been for fantastic charities involving literacy. whose father reads Rex religiously and has written to me privately. John Suarez. and did I mention. and made quite the plea to join. One of their group. Alex Boisvert (gorgeous. fun. a free lunch!?! . etc.A. I also got to meet fellow constructors whom I only knew by byline: John Farmer. an unpublished puzzle by Merl Reagle. like a cross between Topher Grace for you young folks and Ron Livingston. I wish I had realized that and would have sought him out. group game while folks were waiting for the final results. who had tried to do one of these tourneys in the early '80s (!). not known as Nipples.Throughout the day. these bad acronyms have GOT to stop!). smart.
I'd wonder where my row had gone (she put the "Experts" in the last row. Her students must love her! The rest of the setup was like the Brooklyn tournament. ☹ The drag is ONE error costs about 200 points once you've subtracted the 150-point bonus for a perfect puzzle. The puzzles were from this week's New York Times. All named Eric. AND the 25-point penalty for getting something wrong. . making it easier for volunteers to grab our puzzles more easily) but when I'd go out into the hall. and if she ever decides to become a stand-up. OUCH! And this was my only error in the entire tournament! When I'd finish a puzzle. PLUS I made the rookie error of not checking crosses. there were about 100 folks. I've gotten used to be older than cops and even doctors. All told. she'll do well. the 20 points less for two wrong words. It was freaky to feel so much older than the professor. the room was donated … so it was in a tiered lecture room. but business school professors … damn! We got off to a late start since folks signed up at the last moment. there would only be about 10 folks who had finished before me. whose wavelength I've never been on. and lots of volunteers. that ONE LETTER (damn JoeK) cost me even the top 20. But Elissa kept us apprised. 25 in the "Experts" (which was really just anyone who had ever done one of these things). and put -INE for "Chlor.Because Elissa is a professor at the business school. 50 in the regular division. and memories of college came flooding back.suffix" instead of -IDE … making NECI instead of DECI. I bummed halfway through when I realized the first was by Joe Krozel. And yet in the end.
) . A major determining one. Wednesday. Eric Maddy and Eric Levasseur have won all the West Coast tourneys. I'd like to see a competition of all Wednesday through Saturday puzzles. Both are NPLers and quite amicable guys who seem to be friends. as we are not given residuals nor even a copy of the book when our puzzles are reprinted! But that's another story! After three rounds and free lunch — did I mention that? (Five different choices! Plus fruit and cookies … Really.However. so I actually won a book of easy puzzles called "Mocha Mondays" which I had two puzzles IN. so speed isn't the main factor. how DID she do it?) — there were two more puzzles. because then I could maybe make up what I lacked in speed with solving toughies. (For those of you who don't know. Elissa managed to have prizes for the first 25 folks. I also think we'd see more women. I was hoping for a Friday. so he ain't to be messed with. The problem (for me) with these competitions is that the first puzzles can be solved by everyone there. Maybe all named Erica? After five rounds. Tuesday. Eric Maddy even won the Sudoku tournament in Morgan Hill as well. It was a little freaky that the puzzles went Monday. yet had no idea had been published. That way. and then another Wednesday. so the speed demons are almost uncatchable. Thursday. there actually was a newcomer Jordan Chodorow who was ahead of the Erics. but not the main.
Swedish-sounding Doug ran up to me and asked if I could fill in. along with this cool. was getting it all together. funny. Perfectly constructed. has a one year old. Paul Clay and Eric (!) Seale. unfortunately. he had to split. but Eric. and contrary to popular belief. . so when the tourney ran late. And although Paul finished dead last (ok. but it wasn't a puzzle suited for a final. I have renewed respect for Merl (was it ever lacking?) as the play-by-play happens so fast you can barely say anything about what they are solving … much less be clever and entertaining. I had neither poisoned Michael. I was thrilled. is totally into it and would like to construct). nice guy named Michael Colton who writes for "Sit Down and Shut up" which is on … after … the … SIMPSONS!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately. (See! That's why I've been procrastinating writing anything about the tournament!) Two friends of mine. He was also in the top ten at that point. but with an exceedingly difficult twist. which may or may not have involved rebuses. ahead of a woman who left after two puzzles!) he personified what the day was like: upbeat. nor broken his leg. Young Tyler was quite amusing.As for the finale. necessarily. he had a dinner party he was giving. despite operating on four hours' sleep and with somewhat of a hangover. I can't say anything about the final. as it hasn't been published yet. Tyler was there to do the play-by-play. true to his name. more than that I cannot say. but it was a toughie by Elizabeth Gorski. had driven all the way down from Santa Barbara to hang with me and give it a try (Paul doesn't even do puzzles.
super friendly. 2009 10:47 AM chefbea said.. Sounds like great fun. and yet found everyone superwelcoming and had a blast.. at crosswordswest.com. 2009 1:44 PM mac said. April 30. It's all about being in the same space with people who like puzzles as well... Tournament 4 COMMENTS: *David* said. What a great write up!!! April 30. 2009 9:44 AM Alex said. He knew no one save me.. fresh.. and challenging. you make it sound as good as the Brooklyn event. Andrea. 2009 8:18 PM Post a Comment Newer PostOlder PostHome Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Your Host . You can see the results and check out who was there.. Maybe we'll get a Sunday tournament going one of these days. I felt very proud to be part of this community. Posted by PuzzleGirl at 5:39 PM Labels: Andrea Carla Michaels. *Blushing* April 30. unfortunately Saturdays are a no go for me. I liked your Paul Klee picture! Were all those Erics blond? April 30..
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