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Would it be possible to hide individual answers/explanations until we move the mouse over them? I would like to be able to find out the answer for individual clues without inadvertently seeing other ones. This plugin should do the trick and show the kind of thing I mean.
I would also find it very useful to be able to be able to mouse over individual parts of a clue to be prodded in the right direction with popup tips, without having the whole answer and explanation revealed – is this something that could be considered? For example, using Uncle Yap’s explanation for ‘Scrap tasteless name dropping, Fish!’ (AFFRAY) from today’s Guardian would popup ‘Definition’ over ‘Scrap’, ‘NAFF’ over ‘tasteless’, ‘Minus N’ over ‘name dropping’ and ‘RAY’ over ‘Fish’. This would be of great assistance when I get some parts of a clue, but not all, or just need something to get me started.
I assume from the fact that you have used an example from today’s Guardian that this is your puzzle of choice. If so, it is possible to get the answer to a specific clue, without seeing any others, by visiting the on-line version and then using the ‘cheat’ button. There is a similar facility for the on-line Indy.
Using the plug-in you have mentioned would involve considerable extra work for the bloggers, many of whom have time constraints due to work or other commitments. They already give their time freely to solve the puzzle and then write and publish a blog and I would not wish to impose a further burden on them.
The plug-in requires the manual addition of [spoiler] before each answer and [/spoiler] after it (the square brackets would actualy be left and right chevrons but if I used these the ‘spoiler’ and ‘/spoiler’ would not appear in this comment). This would involve a lot of typing and as it must be done whilst editing the raw HTML, rather than using the visual text editor, most bloggers would not have the necessary experience to do it and even those that have would find it very time consuming and difficult to avoid errors.
Also, having the answer blanked out would seriously inconvenience the vast majority of visitors, most of whom will have already completed the puzzle. Having to hover the mouse pointer over each answer would make reading the blog very disjointed.
With regard to your second paragraph, the software that this site runs on does not support the popups that you suggest and even if it did it again comes down to the amount time it is reasonable to expect someone to give up, without remuneration, to write and publish a blog.
Has there been any changes to the WPTouch theme that is used to display the site on mobile browsers such as the iPhone? For the last week, the summary of each blog is shown, you can tap to view the full entry but, when you click on the arrow at the end of the main blog entry to read the comments, nothing happens.
There have been about half a dozen updates to the WPTouch plug-in during the last couple of months, the most recent on 15th July.
Unfortunately I do not have the means for checking how the 15² site behaves on mobile browsers and I haven’t received any other reports of a problem.
I have just checked the relevant support forum and there has been no comment added during the last month or so regarding a similar problem. I have also just checked the WPTouch setting and comment on posts is definitely enabled.
The last change to any of the site software took place on 19th July when I installed the latest version of WordPress. You say that you have only had the problem during the last week but could it have started earlier (ie immediately after the WordPress update)?
“Occasional crosswords appearing in The Guardian under the pseudonym of Biggles are produced jointly by four regular Guardian compilers, all with the forename John: John Graham (Araucaria), John Halpern (Paul), John Henderson (Enigmatist) and John Young (Shed).
Just as the Biggles books were the work of W. E. Johns, so Biggles crosswords are the work of “we Johns”.”
Appears that the Sunday Independent has been missing blogs for 1123 Glowworm and, up to now, today’s 1124 Crosophile as well. Quite a pity, as these were enjoyable puzzles providing about the same level of challenge and quality as the average weekday puzzle.
I have been trying to find a blog for an oldish Guardian crossword – without success.
The one I’m after is No 23716, set by Paul on 17-Mar-2006.
Note that I have the solution: what I want to find is why the “possible 1″ answers are as they are.
This is now my third attempt to post a reply!
I said “Thanks for the info” and pressed ‘Submit comment’. My comment vanished.
I said “Thanks for the information” and pressed ‘Submit comment’. My comment vanished.
I wonder what will happen this time??
I have just started doing crosswords over the last two weeks and stumbled across this site last week. It has been a god-send! Just wanted to say thanks to all the people who give up their time to run the site/blog solutions.
harvey hawley says:
February 18th, 2012 at 1:26 am
It amuses me greatly when people use the term The Master to refer to the master of the trite.
He has been using the same trivial devices which fail miserably to conceal the definitions for more years than you could shake an unfrocked priest at.
Fans of these school children’s bits of fun really should aspire to something that actually challenges their brain.
They certainly won’t find them from the current editor of the Guardian puzzles.
As for the old buffer’s breath of knowledge, I have to pass, he certainly fails to exhibit it muchly.
Is it within the rules of fifteensquared to refer to Araucaria as an “old buffer” especially from someone I have never seen post before ?. As I said before, it is disrespectful, dismissive and derogatory. I find this totally unacceptable.
I wish the contributers would first put how easy or hard they found the puzzle in the preamble given before one opens up their analysis. This is useful information, unlike the ‘spooky’ fact hat they’ve had the same setter three times in a row or their wishes to us for a happy whatever-today’s-festival-is.
It would be useful to have a device, such as the split screen one in Word, whereby you can view two parts of a document at once, for this site so that you could see the clues and the comments simultaneously. I have never seen this on a web page – is it feasible?