PUZZLES BY TRIP PAYNE
INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL CLIENTS
If you're looking to hire me for a puzzlemaking assignment, either on a one-time basis or more regularly, there are a few things you should know.
I have a long history of making puzzles for advertisements, corporations, and so on (see my résumé for more details). So if you don't know much about crosswords, don't worry about it. Part of my job is to talk to you, figure out exactly what you need, determine what is feasible given the constraints of the job and the deadline, and to explain the whole process to you. You know what your client wants; I know how it can be done.
So, a FAQ on the process.
How much do you charge?
How much time do you need to make a puzzle?
Do you provide camera-ready art?
Do you only make crosswords, or can you make other sorts of puzzles as well?
How hard will the puzzle be?
I want all the words in the puzzle to be about my topic. Is that possible?
The percentage of words that are about your topic will depend on several things: whether you provide the word list or whether I have to do the research; how many on-topic words there are available; and how short those on-topic words are. Typically, the on-topic percentage varies from about 25% to 35% of the total number of words in the puzzle, though it might be higher or lower depending on the specifics of the assignment.
If you want a puzzle where every word is one of the words you specifically want, then you need a crisscross puzzle. Crisscrosses are not symmetric, and not every letter is used in both an across word and a down word (or, to put it another way, each word will only be crossed by a few other words at most). The downside is that this does not look like a newspaper crossword; the upside is that no words other than your on-topic words will be necessary.
For an example of how a specific list of words would look when turned into both a crossword and a crisscross, click here.
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