In other words, the same answer, with very different clues, is far from being an “automatic” fill-in. UNDERMINED indicates what (at least enigmatically) means “damaged” and is found as part of “Found ermine deer”. The word “hidden” is used to mean “contains”, but indicates “skins” in the superficial sense of the term. One complication is that “damaged” often means (but not in this note) “rearrange letters.” With this ability to change the size and specificity of the input room of a workout, I was able to develop a very effective training method. In fact, after two days (four hours), this method shocked me to see what I kept: so far, I have successfully memorized 1600 clues and 1600 answers with essentially 100% preservation. Torquemada`s riddles were extremely obscure and difficult, and later setters responded to this trend by developing a standard for fair clues that can be solved, at least in principle, by deductition, without the need to make leaps of faith or gain insight into the setter`s thought processes. The program displays a random index. When prompted to do so, the answer and an explanation of the response will be displayed. Homophones are words that sound like the same, but have different meanings, like “night” and “knight.” Homophone indications always have a flag word or phrase related to phonetics, such as “so-called”, “they say”, “completely” (treated here as “completely” and not with its usual meaning), “vocal”, “for the audience”, “auditioned”, “by the sound of it”, “is heard”, “in conversation” and “on the radio”. “Diffusion” is a particularly sneaky indicator, as it could indicate either a homophone or an angram. These are both reasonable clues (dieci is Italian for ten, due is Italian for two and tre is Italian for three), and yet there is no way that my knowledge of one is translated in an “automatic” way into the other.
The first words of the newspaper cross appeared in the Sunday and the Daily Express from about 1924. Crossword puzzles were gradually picked up by other newspapers and appeared in the Daily Telegraph from 1925, in the Manchester Guardian from 1929 and in the Times from 1930. At first, these newspaper puzzles were almost entirely non-creative and gradually used more enigmatic clues until the entirely cryptic puzzle known today spread. In some trials, this lasted until about 1960. As I explained yesterday, the first part of my training plan is not too demanding: I will just try to work on as many crossword puzzles as possible on Saturday next week. In other words, I really appreciated my ability to analyze an index in isolation. That`s why I mistakenly stated that my “crossword puzzle coach” was useless, as I was unlikely to see in a new puzzle a precise couple of answerwords from a previous crossword.