Alright this is an extremely poorly kept secret on here, but

πŸŽ‰ I'm releasing new crossword software today! cursewords is a terminal-based interface for solving crossword puzzles while looking like a hacker. Opens most any .puz file on Mac or Linux. βœοΈπŸ““

@xor this is great, i have been getting emails from the Inkubator kickstarter and putting off printing them out or figuring how to get them onto my phone, but i just did a puzzle! thank you.

@xor this is several additional cans of worms, but do you know if there's any existing tool to convert a pdf containing a puzzle to a .puz file, missing answer data of course? it'd be a dream to be able to do the WSJ cryptic puzzles in this, and they're freely available as PDFs.

@redoak oh man, I have a lot of thoughts on that question, but the short answer is: not without a lot of specialized scripting, but I bet it's possible

@redoak are the WSJ cryptics also available in a JS web solver? i think my next project is... freeing those

@xor pdf only afaik. I may do a little poking around a custom solution - from pdfminer looks like it does a decent job with the clues, so it's maybe just the grid that'll be a challenge


@redoak the grid is "the challenge" but it's such a well structured challenge that I feel it's totally doable

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@xor ah, looking at the puz format info, i'm unsure there's a way to express many of the puzzles under that format, much less a programmatic converter for them (examples here - ipuz or jpz seem like they might be more amenable but still, idk. gotta set this aside before i get totally snared and don't do any Actual Work today πŸ˜…

@redoak ah yes, this isn't compatible with puz, which is a pretty limited (and frankly, bad) format

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