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This puzzle is sort of like a crossword and sort of like a word search. Here are the rules:

  • You start with a grid of letters and a list of clues
  • Your goal is to shade in some of the squares so that it becomes a valid crossword, such that:
    • Every clue matches to exactly one word in the board, and every word in the board matches to a clue
  • Words in the board go horizontally or vertically
  • All words in the board are at least 2 letters long
  • The shaded-in squares will reveal a secret message

To solve you must show:

  • The final shaded-in board
  • Each clue matched to the word in the board
  • The secret message

Good luck, puzzler!

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Text version:

I T C A S T S I
S C O S T V E E
F A D R A Y V B
D M O S L E E P
A P P L E R R O
I I N O G S A P
A N T T O O L H
O G A S P S M E

Clues (in no particular order):

 - Almost __ if
 - Private Message, abbr
 - Reddit: he who posts, abbr
 - Process using semipermeable membrane, abbr
 - Fish
 - ___corn
 - Tree blood?
 - Titanic call?
 - Food Inspector, abbr
 - Temporary fashion trend
 - e.g. hammer
 - How much to pay for goods
 - Old bread?
 - Vital human habit
 - Fortune 500 company
 - Lots of these at vegas
 - Suprised sound, plural
 - Needed for a broken leg, plural
 - Many
 - Fun outdoor activity
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Blanked out board with clues

 _________________
|     C A S T S   |
|   C O S T   E   |
| F A D   A   V   |
| D M   S L E E P |
| A P P L E   R O |
|   I   O   S A P |
|   N   T O O L   |
|   G A S P S     |
|_________________|

AS      - Almost __ if
DM      - Private Message, abbr
OP      - Reddit: he who posts, abbr
RO      - Process using semipermeable membrane, abbr
COD     - Fish
POP     - ___corn
SAP     - Tree blood?
SOS     - Titanic call?
FDA     - Food Inspector, abbr
FAD     - Temporary fashion trend
TOOL    - e.g. hammer
COST    - How much to pay for goods
STALE   - Old bread?
SLEEP   - Vital human habit
APPLE   - Fortune 500 company
SLOTS   - Lots of these at vegas
GASPS   - Suprised sound, plural
CASTS   - Needed for a broken leg, plural
SEVERAL - Many
CAMPING - Fun outdoor activity

Remaining Letters

 _________________
| I T           I |
| S         V   E |
|       R   Y   B |
|     O           |
|           R     |
| I   N   G       |
| A   T         H |
| O           M E |
|_________________|

The letters spell out:
IT IS VERY BORING AT HOME!

Very fun puzzle, thank you!

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  • $\begingroup$ Good job for completing in under 30 minutes after posting! Also thanks for pointing out the missing clue $\endgroup$ – thesilican Aug 6 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think there is a missing clue. ROT13(Gur jbeq va pbyhza rvtug vf bc abg cbc) $\endgroup$ – happystar Aug 6 at 2:16
  • $\begingroup$ @happystar rot13(CBC vf gur evtugzbfg pbyhza) ;) $\endgroup$ – thesilican Aug 6 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ @MrSiliconGuy Thanks for making a captivating puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Matthew Jensen Aug 6 at 4:29

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