Crosswords are harder when you don't know the clues.

The solution can be found in the grey shaded boxes.
(How many four letter words are there starting with Z, again?)

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    $\begingroup$ What dictionary are we using here? Are you sure the solution is unique? $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Apr 16 '15 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ There is a logical relationship between all the words in the grid. Yes, there is a unique solution. There are a few hints in the title and the question body, too ;) $\endgroup$ – Tryth Apr 16 '15 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ Is the question about z words a cryptic clue to what the z word is? $\endgroup$ – Andrew Smith Apr 16 '15 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ @AndrewSmith No, but the limited number of Z words might help narrow down what the pattern of words can be. It might also help to count how many words there are in the grid. $\endgroup$ – Tryth Apr 16 '15 at 23:28
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    $\begingroup$ @JoeZ I was being facetious, obviously. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Apr 17 '15 at 0:18

The answers are all

Letters from the Greek alphabet

Giving the grey boxes as


Rearranging to


  • $\begingroup$ @Tryth is that better? $\endgroup$ – Andrew Smith Apr 17 '15 at 0:08
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    $\begingroup$ Could the word be enigma? $\endgroup$ – NinjaBearMonkey Apr 17 '15 at 0:11
  • $\begingroup$ Well spotted @NinjaBearMonkey $\endgroup$ – Andrew Smith Apr 17 '15 at 0:11

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