Jun. 3rd, 2012

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Helen and I successfully completed yesterday's Guardian crossword. It wasn't especially difficult, but we are especially slow sometimes. I posted on FB, and was asked whether it would be quicker to write a program to solve crosswords. I was pointed to an automated solver for cryptic crosswords, and decided to try out the free trial version. Here are the results. I think it'll be a while before AI catches up with this quiet weekend pursuit.
clueranktopguessscoreexplanationclue
Correct: top guess was correct answer
1A 1 - - 98% full Engineer in a car plant (6)
22A 1 - - 49% part A lack of publicity about illness? That’s OK (3,3)
24A 1 - - 85% good Order to reps in certain retail outlet (10)
6D 1 - - 94% full Actor takes time reading a play (9)
16D 1 - - 71% part Break a saucer? Dash it! (7)
Nearly correct: correct answer in top 8 guesses
4A 2 76% REBUFF 6% - Setback after spring floods (6)
9A 2 70% MEET 30% - Bugs running risk (4)
10A 4 13% HOVERCRAFT 7% - Reserve disappearing with this vessel? (10)
20D 5 75% CRESTS <1% - It supports lots of lines in port (6)
11A 6 28% GIBBET 3% - Outlaw hugging a Big Apple tree (6)
15A 7 98% KIEL <1% - Accommodation like leisure centre (4)
25A 7 27% BAIT 1% - A bit of humidity in the south of France (4)
13A 8 52% BUTTERFLY <1% - Fighter pilot with boat crew (9)
Guesses did include correct answer
5D 11 33% ANSWER <1% - Do without current correspondence (6)
23D 12 27% HINGE <1% - Private plaything entertaining same-sex couple? (5)
16A 17 24% FLIP <1% - Drink that’s put in the oven? (4)
2D 39 28% KARNA <1% - Cockney hurried, initially revealing name and rank (5)
Guesses did not include correct answer
3D - 34% INSIDER - - Church leader in Ireland not in favour of red (7)
12A - 61% GROINING - - Toad, ignoring Jack and Edward, chewed the fat (8)
17A - 5% ANOESTRUS - - Happy state suggests one with half of Guinness (9)
26A - 24% UPCAST - - An ecclesiastic high-up like a llama? (6)
27A - 46% THE LAW - - Copper reported parting words (3,3)
1D - 57% INCURVE - - Familiar ground following cut in postal service (7)
7D - 3% WILDCAT - - Cat basket finally grabbed by cardinals (7)
14D - 78% TOUCHDOWN - - Come to play cricket for Yorkshire city (9)
18D - 75% WHENCES - - Not affected as engineers (7)
19D - 84% REDHEAD - - Animal in revolutionary American prison (7)
Program refused to make a guess
21A - - - - - Worker not happy with reinforcement (6,2)
8D - - - - - Jellied eels for starters — seafood devoured by male model (4,9)

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