I’ve relaunched the physics crosswords project. There’s only one
puzzle posted so far: a loosely-themed American-style 17×17, a centennial
Once I’ve put up another couple of puzzles, I’ll dress this page
up a little. For now: sorry.
I use a cookie to avoid double-counting visitors.
The “Save” function on the crossword puzzle applet stores the
current state of play in a cookie on your computer. I don’t know
how accessible that information is, but I’m not collecting it. To
recover the last saved state of play, reload the page. (Hence item 2 above.)
I haven’t sorted out precisely what the Revert button does.
These are “physics” crossword puzzles in the sense of having many
physics-related fills and clues. The theme for any themed puzzle will either
be narrower within or other than physics.
American-style puzzles will usually conform to the standards prevalent in
big-city broadsheets, with some foreseeable exceptions:
I promise that I will only break crossword-construction rules as I see fit.
Clues usually won’t indicate whether fills are abbreviations, acronyms,
or symbolic constructs (like HCl) of any sort.
Grids may be rectangular, as in the inferior puzzles (that was a
nonrestrictive modifier) of Knight-Ridder newspapers, but the rectangle area
will not be less than 221 squares.
The grammatical number of mathematical objects is sometimes problematic, and
may not always be properly indicated in clues.
The grid patterns will always have nontrivial symmetry, but they may not always
be symmetric under a half turn.
Few of my puzzles are thematic in the approved ways. If I have two or three
symmetrically placed, middling-length thematic fills, and three others
scattered around, I'm happier than I would be with just four symmetrically
placed fills. (Ask a few of your friends who construct serious physics
crosswords. I'm sure we all feel the same way.)
The treatment of diacritical marks is still largely undetermined. In German
words and names, though, umlauted vowels will normally be represented by
digraphs with e, and ß by ss. Spanish ñ will not be treated as
equivalent to n.
I plan to adhere as closely as possible to the rule that a word appearing in a
fill must not appear in its clue. I will also try to avoid having any content
word in the expansion of a fill appear in its clue. This all can be
difficult, as scientific terms tend to have precise meanings and sometimes only
very approximate synonyms. The resulting presence of the odd tortuous
circumlocution should serve as an added hint.
There will be puzzles approximating a British style. They will
have drafty grids like cryptic and “quick” puzzles, but
larger, and the clues will be closer in style to those of American puzzles.
Page last modified, however minimally, on
July 29, 2016 3:37:06 am (in your time zone).
2016 Alfred M. Kriman