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12/7/2008 6:48:17 PM

babydoll_24
babydoll_24
Posts: 17
I love these crosswords and rediscovered them recently. I think the first crossword I solved was when I was around 10. My mom adored crosswords and I was always curious what she was doing huddled with her coffee in the morning. Dell rocks!!!

What I like about this magazine is that I literally watched how my skills improved. I remember when I started in my mid-teens and could barely solve the 2-star puzzles and then in a couple of years, I remember loving the themes in the 4-star puzzles. The themes are wonderful and the constructors deserve a lot of praise.

I was really surprised to come back to the crosswords and find that Dell and Penny Puzzle are one in the same now. To me, I never liked the Penny Puzzles because the paper was too hard for pens and even pencils smeared badly. The puzzles were not challenging either and if there were any themed puzzles, I don't remember them.

Thankfully, Crosswords Crosswords seems true to Dell. The only difference I've noticed is that some of the puzzles with 3 stars or more seem a bit easy. Even so, I don't like the fact that the little "extra help" like "2 wds.", etc. has been eliminated in those puzzles. Everyone has to start at the beginning and work up. When you are starting, those little things make a difference, especially in one's frustration level.

I really wish that you guys would bring back the Dell Champion Crosswords as a regular magazine. I had subscriptions to it and the Champion Variety Puzzles.

12/8/2008 10:04:16 AM

readnbead
readnbead
Posts: 12
One of my biggest pet peeves--that is puzzle magazines or even BOOKS made on paper that makes it impossible to write in pencil and make even one erasure. Makes me wonder sometimes if the folks putting these together have ever solved a puzzle!

5/13/2009 9:06:03 AM

SnCup
SnCup
Posts: 1
I was surprised that Penny Press and Dell are one as well - never like PP because of the paper they use, gritty - I buy all of the Dell mags I can find - I love Diagramless and Challenger puzzles - Find myself only using about 10% of the books as I don't do Easy, Medium or Hard crosswords - for the Diagramless I like trying the E,M and H using only across clues - I bought all of the Challenger and Diagramless online about a year ago and have since discarded them. When I look to see if any more have become available they only tell you the volume number - PLEASE add the date these books were released as I don't want to purchase they same books again

5/27/2009 3:30:45 PM

Zotmeister
Zotmeister
Posts: 23
I'm surprised to see so much discussion of the paper quality, but I suppose I shouldn't be - I certainly remember it being an issue (no pun intended) when I was a kid. I unearthed an Approved Crossword Puzzles issue from August 1990 yesterday, so my memory of the paper quality from back then is quite fresh. I can't ever recall a time Dell or PennyPress was better than the other paper-wise, though, including the present: I have the latest issues of Dell's Official Word Search and PennyPress' Favorite Fill-In right here with me, and the paper quality difference is negligible; if anything, the PennyPress paper is smoother. Mind you, neither of those puzzle types really require an eraser if you're attentive, but their other magazines seem no different. The Selected Puzzles/Collector's Series issues in particular seem to have better paper (now if only they could all be consistently cut to the same size so that they can stay stacked and all visible without toppling...). I really have no problem with them now.

If you're as serious about puzzle solving as I am, you may want to invest in better writing instruments and in particular a better eraser in order to help compensate for any paper issues. Some swear by erasable ink pen, which isn't bad at all; I'm a bit heavy-handed, so I opt for comfortable mechanical pencils, a variety of graphite hardnesses, and high-quality erasers. A nice high-polymer eraser will get the graphite out of grainy paper with less damage to the paper, allowing you to get away with using softer graphite to write on the paper to begin with, making the grainy paper easier to use. My current weapon of choice is a Paper Mate PhD 0.5mm armed with 2B graphite; the eraser on that thing is fantastic, although I do have a Staedtler Mars Plastic for the big jobs.

Oh, and regarding the end of the original post: I remember the Champion series! I still HAVE an issue of it - dated September 1987 if I remember correctly. Puzzle authors credited (!), difficulties listed by star counts... those were beautiful. Nowadays, only PennyDell's biggest rival does that, and they've had SO MANY editorial problems that I consider it a miracle my (USPC) puzzles made it to print in their pages unscathed. However, in the context of this topic, I have to admit they have much better paper... I know Brain Boosters is printed on really good paper; I could see Dell bringing back the Champion series on that quality paper, and if they remember to bring back the personality to the puzzles, as well as not to EVER let the editing slack, they may be able to unseat their not-so-pencilwise (pun intended) rival and that bloody World of Printing Errors magazine that so many puzzle experts still take seriously for some reason. They're practically begging for Dell to reclaim the throne! But I digress. - ZM

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6/19/2009 10:39:39 PM

riggins6932@att.net
riggins6932@att.net
Posts: 1
Good evening,

You need to be more careful with your answers. In puzzle #43, Spring 2009, Special Vacation Issue, you claim that a "two winged parasite" is a "tick". Tain't so. A tick has no wings, as it is an arachnid, in company with spiders, tarantulas, and even horseshoe crabs.

Also, in the solver's forum, at the bottom, you mention "problem with login/CONFERMATION email not RECIEVED.

Come on, guys,

Pat Riggins DVM
Bloomington, IN

6/22/2009 2:24:20 PM


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riggins6932@att.net wrote:
Good evening,

You need to be more careful with your answers. In puzzle #43, Spring 2009, Special Vacation Issue, you claim that a "two winged parasite" is a "tick". Tain't so. A tick has no wings, as it is an arachnid, in company with spiders, tarantulas, and even horseshoe crabs.

Also, in the solver's forum, at the bottom, you mention "problem with login/CONFERMATION email not RECIEVED.

Come on, guys,

Pat Riggins DVM
Bloomington, IN


Hello,
I am not certain where you noticed the typos in the solver's forum? If you could, please let me know what thread you saw them on and I'll correct the error(s).

In regards to the Special Vacation Issue, I will pass your posting on to our Editors.

Thank you for alerting us!
Forum Administrator

6/30/2009 2:29:33 PM

Dell Editorial Staff
Dell Editorial Staff
Posts: 136
Thank you for your posting. We appreciate your pointing out the mistake in the Spring 2009 issue of Dell Crossword Special:Vacation Issue. As you noted in Crossword 43, a tick should not be identified as a"two-winged parasite." We apologize for the error and hope you will continue to enjoy our puzzles. Best wishes.

7/1/2009 8:24:31 AM


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Admin wrote:
riggins6932@att.net wrote:
Good evening,

...Also, in the solver's forum, at the bottom, you mention "problem with login/CONFERMATION email not RECIEVED.

Come on, guys,

Pat Riggins DVM
Bloomington, IN


Hello again,
Please note that the misspelling you mention is from a post a forum user placed and was not written by the staff of PennyDellPublications.com. We are not able to revise forum post titles, so the error unfortunately remains.
All The Best,
Forum Administrator

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