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:

crossword puzzle


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 .- -... .- -. -.. --- -. ... / .- -... .--- ..- .-. . ...

Clues for A10:


Only solve A10 once you have solved the other clues.


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

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Slow down, tiger. You give clues as if they are vitamin. Yum. $\endgroup$
    – whiskrs
    Jun 7 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ Lol. I'll delete that last hint. Those hints are more like "clues"; I worded it wrong. $\endgroup$
    – smlee
    Jun 7 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oh wow, i recognize what i don't when i see it. Was gonna solve this but can't. $\endgroup$
    – whiskrs
    Jun 7 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ A8 is obvious. A good crossword has an obvious bite and then another that doesn't make sense until it does. $\endgroup$
    – whiskrs
    Jun 7 at 21:15
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ You don't need to give spoilered hints immediately on puzzle release! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jun 7 at 23:26

1 Answer 1


The clues, decoded, and their answers:

clues with 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

noticing that all the answers are rot13 pairs of other answers:


The remaining answer is CHECHEN, which rot13s to PURPURA.

  • $\begingroup$ rot(12), not rot(13): Etaaf, U ime ea oxaeq! Ftq qddade uz ftue bgllxq udwqp yq, zaf azxk "sdqqzk" ngf mxea geuzs "otqotqz" uz ftq oxgq zmyq itqz "Otqotzkm" rufe rmd nqffqd. Ftq daf-13 oazrudyqp ftue me ftq eaxgfuaz U nqxuqhq. Mxea, eqhqz paiz ue daf(eqhqz), mzp ragd paiz ue mzaftqd mzmsdmy rad Nmxqa-oxmee egnymduzq. $\endgroup$ Jun 7 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ Changed the "greeny" hint slightly, thanks for solving the puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – smlee
    Jun 8 at 0:54

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