Crossword Puzzle Mistake

I do the daily crossword by Thomas Joseph. I did this puzzle for years in the newspaper, but once I found it online I switched (no choice since I dropped the paper). Anyway, in yesterday’s puzzle of 2/19 there were two clues that didn’t work out. For 37 across the clue was “Cutting Edge”. The answer should be “ultramodern”. For 26 down the clue was “Sudan” neighbor. The answer should be “uganda”. Well, if you look at the grid you will see that it doesn’t work out that way. One of the answers has to be “untramodern” or “ugalda”, neither of which are correct. If you look at today’s puzzle (2/20) you will see that the answer was “untramodern”. Ahmmm… this is not a word the last time I checked.

What’s funny here is that I googled untramodern and discovered this blog. This very smart person had put some of the puzzle clues/answers in as tags for the post, as in “cull, sommelier, sudan neighbor, untramodern”.  That way, if anyone googled for the words (like I did) they would be directed to his/her site.

A really smart marketing person could really take something like this and run with it.  Make a list of the popular crosswords.  The minute they are released each day, pick the toughest words and associate them with your blog post, web site, whatever.  That way anyone googling on the words would come to your site.

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22 Responses to “Crossword Puzzle Mistake”

  1. Thomas, Thomas, Thomas,
    That’s three times boobela. You really had me going for a while. Until I looked up “Ugalda”. No such critter. I knew it had to be Uganda, and “untramodern” forget it. Anyway there you were, Thomas Joseph himself, clearing up a knuckle cracking problem for me. Danke, Oh, before I forget, I get your Xword puzzle in my daily Yomiuri. Also, I race the clock when I do the puzzle. So the contest is not actually between you and me, it is between me and the clock. Puts a different spin on the puzzle. OK, mozel tov to both of us. Mike

  2. Joseph,
    Oy vey, I scrolled down your web page and there I was! Mike Harris himself. Anyway, I’ve got another poser that’s kind of slowed the clock for me. Thursday’s Yomiuri’s puzzle – 46 across. “Change machine parts”, – ones? Cross referencing checks it out, but kosher it definitely is not. Tomorrow’s answer may or may not confirm “ones”, but who ever hoid of such a void. Sa, I have to go and one my car. It’s dripping oil.
    Mike

  3. Thomas,
    I’ve just got to tell you something about the word heebiejeebies. Japanese ENT specialists are entitled jibika. Ji means ear and bi means nose. Ka simply denotes a physicians speciality. So, I develop this whopper of a cold and decide to visit my ENT guy. Hold on, this fellow’s name is Dr. Hibi. No kidding. Well, here comes the man with this very long thin endoscope. “What are you going to do with that?”, says “I. Look very deep down in your throat through your nose.”, says he. Then without thinking I turned to my wife and said, “I’m getting the heebiejeebies”. The docter stopped everything to look the word up. “Ma”, said he. Loosely translated means “Well, What do you know about that?” Sadly, he wasn’t impressed. I still think it is hilarious and will be included among my memoirs of living in Japan. Mike

  4. HI,
    “I’m bek.” Like the good governor of California would say. Ref: Your Nov. 11th Yomiuri shimbun X-word puzzle. Is 2005 fantasy film’s title Zethura, or Zethera? Yup, the clock stopped on that one. No problem, I am and will continue to be one of your faithful fans. Mike

  5. Ohayo gozaimas,
    Wow, you stopped the clock again with “tweener”. Never heard that term before. Vertical and horizontal words verified tweener, but the time taken caused the clock to beat me again. Six minutes this time. Usually I get through the puzzle in around 4. Great for preventing Alzheimer’s they say. Mike

  6. Tell me where to find Thomas Joseph Crossword puzzles on line. I am planning to give us daily newspaper, but I will miss doing his crossword puzzle.

  7. http://www.dailyink.com/en-us/content_offerings/

  8. You can find the crossword at

    http://www.joseph.king-online.com/client_temps/kol.php

  9. Sorry, please drop the www. from the link. It should have read

    http://joseph.king-online.com/client_temps/kol.php

  10. Simply Google Thomas Joseph daily crossword puzzles and take your pick. Mr. Joseph is generous. By-the-way, today’s puzzle stopped the clock. For a while anyway. “Do, -,…”
    got me thinking. All verticals and horizontals checked out. – so what could Mr. Thomas be referring to? “adeer?” Finally, lightning struck. “Do a doe a female deer”, but…! Sir you are not playing fairly. I believe the song goes ” ‘D’ a doe etc, etc, etc. ” Tricky, you devil you. Time? 8 minutes.

  11. Simply Google Thomas Joseph daily crossword puzzles and take your pick. Mr. Joseph is generous. By-the-way, today’s puzzle stopped the clock. For a while anyway. “Do, -,…”
    got me thinking. All verticals and horizontals checked out. – so what could Mr. Thomas be referring to? “adeer?” Finally, lightning struck. “Do a doe a female deer”, but…! Sir you are not playing fairly. I believe the song goes ” ‘D’ a doe etc, etc, etc. ” Tricky, you devil you. Time? 8 minutes.

  12. Mr. Joseph,
    I enjoy the challenge of your daily crosswords provided to the Roanoke Times. The Wednesday December 2 puzzle was flawed. The clue for 10 down is “Mt. Everest’s native name”, the puzzle demands the response of “Denali”. Denali is the native name of Mt. McKinley.

  13. Why is it that some puzzles are blocked with no password to over ride it? Today’s puzzle is blocked 2/09/10.

  14. I had no problem accessing today’s puzzle at lunch time.

  15. I’m trying to print the puzzles for February and am getting a not found error. January works wonderful

    Feb not found

    Jan is fine

    Any Ideas?

  16. On February 1, the puzzles were removed from their prior location on the web server, which was a readily-accessible location. Since then, the only way I have found to access the puzzles is through the interface that requires username/password. I haven’t tried anything older than 2/1, but I’d guess they were not made available.

  17. I am a total computer failure. Could someone tell me where to get Thomas Joseph crossword puzzles for free. I am also desperately trying to save the almighty $.

  18. As far as I’m aware the freebies have been removed/blocked (happened a couple of months ago).

  19. Enough already of the Greek Mythology! Geez – today 2/11/11 had THREE clues that were from Greek Mythology – I think Thomas Joseph is OBSESSED with it! Anyway, since I know nothing of this subject (and NO interest) I always have to look it up and I’m sick to death of it. There aren’t enough millions of other words to use that aren’t related to Greek Mythology?? It’s time for him to broaden his horizons!!!

  20. Sensei,
    You stopped the clock again. Appall – appal? Right, that’s what came up in your poser in Yomiuri’s Saturday issue. My Alzheimer is improving, thank you. Fast recall is what’s doing it for me. However, “appal” does not help the effort. Not a bit. Mata ne. Mike

  21. He made a grammar error on 8/31/13. Clue:Give for a time. Puzzle Answer: Loaned, but loan is a noun not a verb. The correct answer in lent. Is there any way to tell him that? Is he on Facebook or twitter or email address?

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