The puzzle below seems like a normal crossword puzzle. However, there is an important thing to notice: The black squares aren't solid, it is possible to dig tunnels through them!

Rules + example

Let's say the answer to the first clue is "tunnel". You may then fill in this word in the crossword, by digging a tunnel through the black square after it and 'use' the space of a second clue at the other side of the square. A few things to note:

  • The word can split everywhere between the first 2 letters and the last 2 letters.
  • No letter should be put into the black square, the word continues at the other side.
  • This means that the second clue is not used anymore in the crossword. The second clue does not need to match the second part of the longer word. You could see this useless clue as a red herring, but maybe you'll need it for the final answer?...
  • The following tunnels are possible, all tunnels are starting at the left/top and coming out at the bottom/right.
  • There may be 2 tunnels in one black square, crossing each other.
    tunnels example

If everything is clear, then let's continue with the actual puzzle!

The final answer is an appropriate movie quote.

crossword puzzle

Across Down
1. Picture 1. Distinct style or character
5. The central part 2. Similarly
9. Seabird 3. Machinery
11. That is 4. Part of the head
13. A rich tapestry 5. Heard, understood, acknowledged
14. Common Era 6. Snow Queen
15. Function 7. Whiskey or vodka for example
17. Company that produces laptops 8. In that place
19. Blend 10. Restaurant
20. Nervous system disease 12. Part of a TV serie
22. Natural number 14. Focused (BrE)
23. Used to make conspicuous 16. Detonate
24. Sun 18. British English
25. Mistakes 20. Grasp
26. Article 21. Title
28. Deity 24. Greek letter
30. Beg 27. Something Jack Sparrow says
31. Someone who studies the earth 29. Cut of meat
32. Below 30. Tower of ...
35. Digital video 33. Drug
36. Fire 34. Alcoholic liquor
38. Alter 36. Minimum
39. Spruce 37. Emergency room
  • $\begingroup$ Would you care to clarify whether words can be split more than once? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented May 27 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ I have purposely left out that part, that's something you have to figure out yourself :) $\endgroup$
    – Lezzup
    Commented May 27 at 5:00

1 Answer 1


The filled grid:


The 'dummy' clues were:

18d. British English
20d. Grasp
26a. Article
36a. Below
36d. Minimum
37d. Emergency room

And these can also be solved as clues: BE + HOLD + THE + UNDER + MIN + ER, or "Behold, the Underminer!", a quote from The Incredibles.

Thanks to Stiv for helping me finish this off.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The thematic quote you're looking for is ftom rot13(Gur Vaperqvoyrf - "Orubyq gur Haqrezvare!"). However, note these words do not necessarily match the grid word lengths. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented May 27 at 5:17

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