# Writing a Puzzle Book - Enigmatic Puzzles 2

I'm starting to test out puzzles for my second puzzle book (link to the first). They're all word puzzles based on ones you might see during Harvard's CS50x puzzle day. Try out this new puzzle I'm testing and share any feedback you might have to make it even better. Happy to share hints if you ask:

• Is the odd numbering intentional? There is no 2. for example Commented Aug 15 at 14:15
• @BeastlyGerbil I believe so. I don't think the given answer has yet found the intended answer word...
– Stiv
Commented Aug 15 at 14:16
• @Stiv based on the first puzzle, I think I agree Commented Aug 15 at 14:17

SWORDFISH

The grid solves as follows:

1A. Golf cry = FORE
3A. Mountain Path = PASS
5A. Metalworker = SMITH
4D. Angry = CROSS

Now to extract an answer word somehow. There are two important things to note:

1. The questions are numbered very strangely - there is no '2' anywhere in the grid, and the answers do not appear in numerical order in the grid, as is standard in a normal crossword. This suggests they have another purpose rather than just being for show...

2. The five words in the grid share a connection, suggested by the title - they can all have the word 'WORD' appended to them to make another real word. i.e. the letters 'WORD' have been removed, as per the scored-through 'Wordplay' title: FOREWORD, PASSWORD, WORDSMITH, GUIDEWORD, CROSSWORD.

With a little experimenting, we can derive the solution like so:

Use the clue numbers to index into the answer word (i.e. for clue #n, take its nth letter):

1A. Golf cry = [F]ORE
3A. Mountain Path = PA[S]S
5A. Metalworker = SMIT[H]