Feb 15, 2012

Comments Section Abbreviations

Here are some of the common abbreviations in the Comments section:

1) Perps, short for Perpendiculars, refer to the crossing answers that help you fill in letters of the word you don't know or you are not sure of.

2) DF stands for dysfunctional, often suggestive of sexual innuendo

3) Clecho: Clue echos. Same clues for different entries in the grid.

4) Blitch: Blog glitch

All above were coined by Dennis.

5) WBS: What Barry Said. Coined by Dudley.

6) WEES: What Everybody Else Said. Coined by Jayce.

7) DNF: Did Not Finish
8) WAG: Wild Ass Guess

9) DH/DW: Dear Husband/Dear Wife

10) Red letter: When you solve the puzzle on line in Regular Skill Level, your incorrect entry will be marked in red color.

11) FIW: Finished It Wrong

12) FIR: Finished it Right

13) CSO: A Shout Out is a reference to someone you know but here it is usually a Coincident.

14) Natick (D-Otto): Natick is small town in Massachusetts that no one (except locals) have ever heard of. Used here, it means the crossing of two names that a normal person wouldn't know -- might know one, but not both. Rex Parker created the Natick Principle years ago.


marya said...

For those who might wonder, the word "clecho" was coined to describe the theme entries (repeatedly clued with "Eagle") in the October 6, 2010 puzzle.

Seven clechos appear in the Feb 19, 2012 puzzle, though they aren't theme clues.

dodo said...

Hi gang,

Just dropping in for a sec. I wrote a long comment after reading the comments about a puzzle having to do with 'dodo'. I can't remember when it was. Didn't know that there was a new procdure for posting and lost the comment. . I hope I'm getting this right.

I've been missing you all, though J.D. Carol, and Chickie have kept in touch and we're planning another get together here in June, when Lucina pays her anual visit.
If anybody else feels like making the trip, let me know and I'll be happy to have you join us. We picked u p Garlic Girl a couple of years ago and she sees the lucky south peninsula two regularly. Carol made it once before my time, but Oregon is a bit of a trip for lunch! We'd love it if you could do it again, CArol.

C.C. you know there's always an open invite for you, too. How great if you could make it!

Hello and hugs to all the rest. I think about yuo often, dear friends.

OwenKL said...

I read this long ago when I started here, but reading it over now that I've been around for a while, it seems to need expanding. These are the ones I can think of offhand.

ESP: Every Single Perp. Coined by Tinbeni.

LW: If you're over a certain age, Little Woman, otherwise Loving Wife. Either way, it's the same as DW.

Natick: crossing point where both across and down words are unsolvable. Coined by Rex Parker.

Reveal: entry that gives or hints at the theme gimmick. Sunday puzzles have a title as the reveal, Saturdays are themeless.

Thumper: "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." From Bambi.

Also some general texting abbreviations that we use, that are sometimes showing up in puzzles --
FWIW: For What It's Worth
HBD or HBTY: Happy Birth Day To You.
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
IMO: In My Opinion
OMG: Oh My Gosh!
OTOH: On The Other Hand

frex said...

I continue to have problems filling in the "words" for personalities asked for in the crossword clues.
Such as "Character played by Sally in Time for Dollars"

My contention is that crossword puzzles were created to allow the solver to come up with thw WORD hinted at by the clue, thus the name crossWORD puzzle.

What happened?