1971 Puzzles Up on XWord InfoGreat news: The proofread 1971 puzzles are now up on XWord Info! As usual, Jim Horne did a great job with these—thanks again, Jim! Since the Pre-Shortzian Proofreading Challenge began, we've been making terrific progress with the proofreading—in fact, the 1970 puzzles should be done within the next week or two! I'm now sending out puzzles from 1969 and 1968, so we should have 1969—the first year of the turbulent '60s—finished soon! Thanks so much again, everyone!
Pre-Shortzian Proofreading Challenge UpdateMark Diehl now leads the pack in the Pre-Shortzian Proofreading Challenge, with 241 found mistakes (and Howard Barkin isn't far behind, with 176!)! Here's how the week shaped up: Late Friday night, Mark sent in 30 puzzles with 34 mistakes. Then Saturday morning, an anonymous proofreader sent in 16 puzzles with 20 mistakes. Sunday afternoon Denny Baker sent in 30 puzzles but didn't track the mistakes. Late Wednesday afternoon, Mark sent 31 puzzles with 12 mistakes; then 3 minutes later, 20 puzzles with 11 mistakes; and late that night, 30 more with 16 mistakes! Howard Barkin sent in 31 puzzles with 72 mistakes, then 30 puzzles with 36 mistakes, then 16 puzzles with 24 mistakes, and finally 11 puzzles with 14 mistakes! Great job, everyone!
In going through the puzzles, Howard noticed that a few clues were completely different from the ones on the PDFs. This has happened before, usually because some puzzles were originally litzed from books or CDs, where editorial changes were sometimes made. When we come across situations like this, we change the clues back to what the original clues on the PDFs were. However, in order to do this, we need to check the litzed puzzles carefully against PDFs, otherwise situations like this go unnoticed. Typically the edited clues for books or CDs made sense, so there's no way to catch them unless the puzzles are proofread against the originals on the PDFs. Though doing this is more time-consuming, it allows us to replicate the original puzzles as faithfully as possible. Thanks again for catching these edited clues, Howard!
If anyone else would like to take the self-test and help out with the proofreading, just let me know!