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Here is a link to a crossword.

I just found this while I was housekeeping an old laptop.
It is completely implemented in dhtml and I wrote is about 6 years ago.

Read the instructions, it's pretty intuitive.

http://www.mindmesh.net/xword/xwrd.htm

I can't remember what the answers are but post your solutions and I'll award points randomly :)

Cheers.
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Question by:ozymandias
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by:phileoca
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doesn't work in firefox.  
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by:ozymandias
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no, probably cos firefox didn't exist 6 years ago.
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by:SamsonChung
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... cross word??


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by:dxf224
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osborne  meets another guy and  i ask  you  .. (10)    

hope this helps but not  too much  ..
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by:baldrick
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Uh.... I can fit "ARSEHOLES" into 9 across

bbrraaiinn hhaass mmeelltteedd!!!!!!
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by:dagesi
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22 Across is ELONGATES  (ELON (anagram (poor) Noel) & GATES (rich Bill)
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by:dagesi
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21 Down is STATIC (anagram (badly) It acts)
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by:ozymandias
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Well done dagesi.

1 down : CAPITAL OFFENCE (anagram (outbreak) POLICE AFFECT AN)
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by:dagesi
ID: 17955803
"offence" has a 'c' in it...?  I thought it was "offense"...
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by:dagesi
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17 Across  FELINE ...?
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by:ozymandias
ID: 17955920
Offense is, I think, the american spelling.

In Englsih English :

Offence noun
Offensive adjective
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by:ozymandias
ID: 17955929
17 Across...looks like it should be...just not sure why
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by:dagesi
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Damn those Americans and their inability to spell simple words... =P
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by:ozymandias
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>>> Uh.... I can fit "ARSEHOLES" into 9 across
Actually, 9 across is PIMPERNEL (Elusive Counter-revolutionary = Scarlet Pimpernet) + (growth = flower)
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by:dagesi
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This was a bitch for a yank to find...
14 Across BREDON (Bredon Hill from "A Shropshire Lad" by AE Houseman)
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by:David_Ward
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11a Poppy

26a oppulence

5d   Pisces


ummmm, -not- easy!
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by:dagesi
ID: 17966400
>David_Ward...
I can see how you'd get poppy but if ozymandias is right about 1 Down, then 11 Across must start with a 't'...
Don't see how you got the other two answers though...
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by:dagesi
ID: 17966532
Ok, so for 2 Down, I've found an entry in a dictionary that defines 'gong' as 3 Brit: MEDAL  ...
That doesn't help me any though...
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by:ozymandias
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OK, I have made some progress but only in as much as the crossword now works in firefox and opera :)
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17969029
24 Across is HATED. HAT + ED
I'm inclining toward INGOT for 10 Across (a gold piece)
4 Down looks like LAND GIRL
And the first word of 12 Across appears to be GREAT - GREAT SALE perhaps? Still working on that one.
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by:KelvinY
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Make that "inclining toward INGOT for 6 Down"
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by:dagesi
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Damn...another major pain this one was...

15 Down REICHSTAG

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by:dagesi
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BTW... as regards a word in 19 Across... is Resoration another English spelling of a word, like 'offence"?  Any idea if it's what we Yanks call "restoration"?
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by:ozymandias
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>>BTW... as regards a word in 19 Across... is Resoration another English spelling of a word, like 'offence"?  Any idea if it's what we Yanks call "restoration"?
Damn, I think that must be a typo. I'm pretty sure it is supposed to be RESTORATION.
Well spotted.
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by:adg
ID: 17970831
Very nice.
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17971959
5 Down is SOLVER (anagram of LOVERS, you are the solver)
13 Across is LUKEWARM
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by:dagesi
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Ok, so SOLVER makes sense... and LUKEWARM makes sense for 'Hardly a hot"... what's the "GOSPELLER" have to do with it...?
Erf... having to think English is tough... =]
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by:dagesi
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11 Across couldn't be as simple as to be THYME, could it...?  TYME with H...
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17972943
dagesi,

The gospel according to Luke maybe? :/

THYME kind of makes sense, but it creates an ugly situation for 2 down. We're now looking for a word like --M-Y-K there.
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by:dagesi
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>KelvinY...
True...  But considering some of these answers, I didn't think it could automatically be discounted... =]
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by:ozymandias
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Remember that 11 a is not necessarily flower as in plant.
It could be flow-er, as in something that flows...like a river.
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by:dagesi
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Then 11 Across could be Thame...
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by:dagesi
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Guess here...
19 Across Robinson, as in Marilynne Robinson of the Caroline and/or Restoration periods...
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by:KelvinY
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dagesi,

That fits in with my suspicion that 16 Down is COWS TAIL.
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by:dagesi
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Ok... so... if 16 Down were "COWS REAR", then 26 Across could be either "TREATMENT" or "THEATRICS"... though except for the bit about "COWS" none of it has an obvious proof...
Alternatively, 16 Down could be either "COWS TAIL" or "COWS BUTT"... but again, no way to prove it...

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by:dagesi
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>KelvinY...
lol... hence the drawback to typing slow... =]
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by:dagesi
ID: 17979672
Hmmm... without any proof either way, I suspect either 19 Across or 24 Across are incorrect...
8 Down is (7,3,4) which with those two clues as is, makes the 3 N _ D... while not impossible, I consider it unlikely...

Personally, for 19 Across, I only rate my guess as "eh, maybe...?"
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by:jkmyoung
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23 Down, seems like GENOA
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by:dagesi
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>jkmyoung...
  Right you are, I think...
Force (G) a single (AONE) over (backwards - ENOA)
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by:dxf224
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I do two cryptics a day   ... or I try  to  do 2 cryptics  a day.
The thing  that bugs me the  most   is  asking for help  in doing  them.
Holy cow
I do not understand   why anyone would do a crossword puzzle as a  community  type thing.  
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by:ozymandias
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For the same reason that anyone does anything as a community...because they ennjoy it.
I do not understand why asking for help would bug someone.
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by:dagesi
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I wouldn't/don't ask for help when doing puzzles normally because my understanding of my intent is to do them solo...
If my intent is to do them as a duet or group, that won't bother me... I've tried to get my wife interested in joining me in crossword puzzles... obviously, not little I-can-do-this-in-five-minute type puzzles...
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by:dagesi
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>KelvinY...
Oh duh, I get it now...
13 Across...
"Hardly" = lukewarm
and
"a hot gospeller" = Luke warm...
lol... am I quick or what...
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by:dagesi
ID: 17990570
Ok, I finally got an answer I believe in for 11 Across...
TWEED - Perhaps hash (WEED) with time (T) may come to flower (Tweed - a river in SE Scotland and NE England)...
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by:jkmyoung
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19 Across COLINEAR
Would make the middle word in 8 Down RED
which makes sense in a fruit setting
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17995090
Just throwing out some ideas here.
6 Across could be an anagram of GRATIS (free) minus the A (without a).
I've tried GRIST, GRITS and GIRST and none of them make sense within the context of the clue.
Of course, I could be on a completely wrong track. It has been known to happen. :)
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17995134
While I'm throwing ideas around, how about CROWN for 25 Across?
The crown is the governing power in the UK and King Charles would be CR (Charles Rex).
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by:dagesi
ID: 17995278
>KelvinY...
I tried the GRATIS track too... (though didn't think of GIRST as an anagram)... also couldn't logically make it work... without a MAJOR stretch...
I take it the rest of 25 Across would be read as King Charles's as in 'CR own'...?
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by:dagesi
ID: 17995335
Damn!  Got another one... I was just looking at the bottom part of the answer for 3 Down and thought DOWER... which would put an R in 17 Across... removing likelyhood of 'FELINE'...
So...
The answer to 17 Across is FLURRY - FURRY (like a cat) and L (starting to (beginning of) leap ) in (within it), meaning 'agitation'.

=]

*happy dance...*  
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by:dagesi
ID: 17995357
18 Down - UROLOGY
But I don't understand the clue yet...
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by:dagesi
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Is 18 Down something to do with Euro- logy for the hard clue...?  
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by:dagesi
ID: 17995938
And 27 Across is GYNAECOLOGICAL
Once gay (characters reform (anagram) GYNAECO ) reasonable (LOGICAL)
Obviously, an English spelling... =]
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by:ozymandias
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by:dagesi
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>ozymandias...
Clearly, 3 Down is right... but how did you determine it...?
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by:dagesi
ID: 17996097
K, so the hard for 3 Down is G (£1000) LEND (loan) debtor ower...
I didn't know that G was representative of £1000 just as it is with $1000 (not that it would have helped me get that one)... =]
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by:KelvinY
ID: 17997283
7 down = STIPEND (pay)
Mines (pits) about = STIP + END (to finish)
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by:dagesi
ID: 17997336
>KelvinY...
Of course, that shoots a hole in the 'GREAT SALE ' for 12 Across... =]
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by:KelvinY
KelvinY earned 400 total points
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dagesi,

I did notice that, but I've always admitted it was a wild guess at best, so no tears being shed there.
In fact, I think 12 across is GREAT DEAL (means a lot), capital = great and transaction = deal.
BTW, you've been on fire today. Slow day at work?
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dagesi earned 400 total points
ID: 17997473
Nope, pretty average... just had a bit of cascading answers... =]
And I think GREAT DEAL is a better answer...
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by:ozymandias
ID: 18049133
Time to clean up..poinx to those who stuck it out the longest :)
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by:dagesi
ID: 18070856
Yes, I know it's closed... so...?
=]

Anyway... For 1 Across, could the first word be something like CALIGULA'S...?  Not sure how to prove it yet...
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