ConnectED crossword: Monday's daily tip

If a clue contains sensory words like “sounds”, “hear”, “seems”, “appears” or “looks”, that probably means that we are playing with homophones. Look it up.

If you want to have a go at the crossword, and you’ve not yet got a copy, track down Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward( @woowar).

See earlier blog entries for previous tips.

ConnectED crossword: Sunday's daily tip

Punctuation is important. Where an answer is two words, the letter counts are separated by a comma e.g. [7, 6]. If the punctuation in the letter count is anything else (e.g. [7-6]), pay attention to it. The same applies to punctuation - especially capital letters - in the clue.

If you want to have a go at the crossword, and you’ve not yet got a copy, track down Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward (@woowar).

See earlier on the blog for our Saturday tip.

ConnectED crossword: Saturday's daily tip

Some - but not all - of the clues rely on some word play. So, for example, if the clue were “Accelerated, without Ecstasy” that can be pulled apart as

  • a word meaning something similar to ‘accelerated’
  • but with an ‘e’ removed (‘E’ being a common abbreviation of the drug name Ecstasy’)

So the answer there would, of course, be “Quickr”.

There you go. A little insight into the devious minds of the crossword compilers. Hope it helps.

If you want to have a go at the crossword, and you’ve not yet got a copy, track down Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward (@woowar).

The game and the rules: the LDC Via ConnectED 2015 Crossword

Three of us from LDC Via are at ConnectED this week: Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) and Julian Woodward (@woowar). We will have LDC Via leaflets to give you, and the crossword and clues are on the back. Do it to the best of your ability (some of the clues are bastard hard - at least we hope so) and hand it back to us by the deadline. Simple. Remember: you could win a Sonos Play:1.

Competition rules, for the avoidance of stress and fisticuffs

  1. Only those physically present at the ConnectED conference venue are eligible for the prize.
  2. You do not have to be a registered conference attendee to be eligible for the prize.
  3. Your completed crossword must be returned to us by midday on Wednesday 28th January.
  4. The prize winner will be drawn at random from the fully-correct submitted crosswords.
  5. In the event of no fully-correct answers, the prize will go to the person (or be drawn at random from the persons) with the most correct answers.
  6. If you are a registered conference attendee, and you cannot locate Ben, Mark or Julian in time, you may email a scan/photo of your completed sheet, by midday on Wednesday, to [email protected]. (Please make sure it’s legible).
  7. The prize will be awarded at the Closing Session on Wednesday afternoon.
  8. If the winner is not at the Closing Session, the prize will be shipped directly to them after the conference.

If you are not at the conference, but fancy having a go anyway (or you are at the conference but want to make a head start) here is the full crossword with clues. We will post a completed version after the conference and you can see how well you did.

Crossword Clues

What could be more ConnectED than this?

We were scratching our heads and twirling our moustaches at LDC Via Towers, wondering what we could do as a bit of fun for ConnectED next week.

And then the penny dropped: what could be more “ConnectED” than … a competition crossword?! At what seems (no official word, but we all know it is don’t we?) to be our last January visit to the Swan & Dolphin, and possibly (perhaps IBM will tell us next week) the last conference recognisable as the “Lotusphere” we know and love, we decided to create a little bit of fun to fill in the dull moments (as if!) and test your knowledge of Lotus, Lotusphere and IBM. And, yes, we’re freely using the ‘L’ word, without embarrassment, because this is an unashamedly nostalgic effort, looking back affectionately on our collective journey down the years with the softwareformerlyknownasLotusNotes and its stablemates from Lotus and IBM.

You may have noticed that this is a ‘competition’ crossword. Yes, there will be a prize: a Sonos Play:1. If you’re not a Sonos user already, you will love it. And if you are a Sonos user already, you will love it.

Sonos Play 1

In the next post we’ll outline the rules for the competition, and reveal the crossword itself.

Meanwhile here, as a little teaser, is the crossword grid.

Crossword Teaser