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Hey, Answer Girl --

Why can't the design department at the Star-Tribune place the crossword puzzle on an odd-numbered page? When they place it on an even page, the puzzle solvers have to fold the thing backward to get it to lie flat to be solved.

-- Ed G.

Unfortunately, there's only so much space on a page, and there are only so many pages in color. Where the puzzle is placed is determined by the number of color ads we have to print on any given day, especially on Sundays. So while the odd page may be the most logical place for the puzzle, it won't always make it on that page, and it will likely go on the black-and-white page instead.

Hey, Answer Girl --

Why can't the Casper Star-Tribune get all of the crossword puzzle on the same half of the paper?

-- Puzzled in Gillette

Mondays through Saturdays, you should find your puzzle above the fold -- on the top half of the paper. Sundays are different, however, because we publish a different puzzle (the New York Times puzzle). It's bigger, with a different layout, so it takes up much more of the page than the weekday puzzles. It should, however, show up mostly under the fold -- on the bottom half of the paper.

General crossword questions?

Contact Tom Tysver, in the Star-Tribune's production department. He's in charge of where puzzles show up on the page. He can be reached at (307) 266-0502.

Ask Answer Girl

Answer Girl tackles questions about Casper, the universe and everything else. Submit your questions by e-mail to megan.lee@trib.com, or call Megan Lee at (307) 266-0616. Write to Answer Girl, Box 80, Casper, 82602.

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