# The Mystery Word

First, review the crossword puzzle and its hints. Next, solve each space of the crossword puzzle except for A10. When you are done solving the rest of the crossword puzzle, read the hints for A10 and solve it.

A final solution to this problem must include the solved crossword puzzle, an explanation of the ciphers used in the hints, and how A10 is solved.

NOTE: Partial solutions are accepted.

Crossword Puzzle:

Clues:

A1: The color of tenff as an nqwrpgvir.
D2: Completely lost in the middle of _______.
D3: Name meaning "rohe, nam fo cuogear."
D4: A type of fish, but also a Bo is-acunbllameasasr.
A5: Lonely child without parsetn.
A6: A caluvn rmiaald.
D7: Jvualtwabvbz and zjvyumbs.
A8: The Ch_____ Re___li_ of Ru___a.
A9: One who .- -... .- -. -.. --- -. ... / .- -... .--- ..- .-. . ...
A10: [SEE BELOW]


Clues for A10:

1:

Only solve A10 once you have solved the other clues.

2:

All of the previous answers have one other pair except for one. The pair of that one is the answer to this one.

• Slow down, tiger. You give clues as if they are vitamin. Yum. Jun 7 at 21:09
• Lol. I'll delete that last hint. Those hints are more like "clues"; I worded it wrong. Jun 7 at 21:10
• Oh wow, i recognize what i don't when i see it. Was gonna solve this but can't. Jun 7 at 21:13
• A8 is obvious. A good crossword has an obvious bite and then another that doesn't make sense until it does. Jun 7 at 21:15
• You don't need to give spoilered hints immediately on puzzle release!
– Deusovi
Jun 7 at 23:26

The clues, decoded, and their answers:

(Some issues with the clues: "greeny" isn't an adverb, and two clues commit "The Error That Cannot Be Named", with the answer directly given in the clue.)

A10 is solved by

NOWHERE - ABJURER
GREENY - TERRAL
SNEERY - FYRREL
ORPHAN - BECUNA
The remaining answer is CHECHEN, which rot13s to PURPURA.