I reproduce here the "world's smallest puzzle" - a crossword etched onto the head of a pin - purportedly created by one Allan Boardman, taken from a YouTube video, and to which I don't know the answer.

crossword image

Can you solve it?


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The solution appears to be:


King → Singer and guitarist B.B. King
ShotBB gun ammunition
50's StarBrigitte Bardot, known as "B.B."

The last clue seems trickier - in the comments, two plausible explanations have been proposed, both based off of a single mistaken letter.

If the clue is meant to be Buzzers (as proposed by hexomino), then this could be a pun based off of "bees".
If the clue is meant to be Buzzard (as proposed by Joel Rondeau), then this could be an abbreviation for the common buzzard's Latin binomial, Buteo buteo.

Both of these explanations seem reasonable to me, but there may be a more satisfactory one.

  • $\begingroup$ Looking at the original video, it's conceivable that the clue for 2D is "Buzzers" so probably referring to the associated insects. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ I'm reasonably certain that the last clue is rot13("n ohmmneq ersrerapr, nf gur pbzzba ohmmneq vf trahf ohgrb naq fcrpvrf ohgrb, juvpu bs pbhefr, vf fubegrarq gb o.o.") $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a typo for the last one then. $\endgroup$
    – Jez
    Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 17:12

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