I had a wonderful crossword all prepared for you.

But... you suck. >:(   So I'm just going to tell you about it.

It was an 8-by-8 American-style grid with white and black squares, 180° rotationally symmetric. All the words contained at least two letters, and each white square belonged to exactly two words, one across, one down. All the whites were connected to each other, and the clues were numbered in the standard American style.

I even had the clues all ready to go.


$1$. edible Greek letter?
$6$. collector of taxes (abbr.)
$12$. The ______ Limits (TV show)
$14$. stunted breaths
$16$. machine smarts (abbr.)
$21$. Blanc or Gibson
$22$. not quite a disco stud


$1$. apes
$4$. dictatorial car manufacturer?
$5$. hollered
$6$. picture
$10$. test of character
$12$. no-____ ("do nothing" in computer jargon)
$20$. Et ____, Bruté?

What's that? Some of the clues are missing? That must be because you're such a big jerk.

Here you go, cuddles. A few of the missing clues:

$\square$. shoo!
$\square$. a timed spasm?
$\square$. coroner (abbr.)
$\square$. Just Do ____!
$\square$. morning hours

But I'll chew glass before I tell you where they go.

So there you have it, bonehead. You can't tell me where the blacks and whites go on my crossword. You definitely can't tell me what letters go in the white squares. And it's inconceivable that you could solve the crossword, place the missing clues beside their proper numbers, and come up with creative clues for any left over entries.

Because if you did all of this, you'd have solved my puzzle.

And everyone knows: jerks can't solve puzzles.


Driver of the White Volvo (You Know the One!)

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not an expert in crosswords, does $8\times 8$ mean there are only 64 squares in total? $\endgroup$
    – hjhjhj57
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 1:32
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Javier 8 across and 8 up and down, so yes. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 3:31
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    $\begingroup$ 20 down should start with et instead of es - unless you are referring to an obscure reference to someone asking another if they are Brutus. $\endgroup$
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ @oerkelens: Ah yes. Fixed. $\endgroup$
    – COTO
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 15:18

1 Answer 1


Here's the solved puzzle:

Finished Crossword

Given clues but missing numbers:

shoo! - 15 down (SCAT)
a timed spasm? - 7 across (TIC)
coroner (abbr.) - 21 down (M.E. - short for Medical Examiner)
Just Do ___! - 3 down (IT)
morning hours - 11 across (AM)

Clues for other missing clues

3 across - No _, ands or buts
8 across - Do, Re, _

9 across - Less successful partner of Simon and Garfunkel
17 across - ... and so forth
18 across - famous Yo-Yo
19 across - "I could just ___ you up"
23 across - talkative horse, informally
2 down - will be, in the future
13 down - "The Last of ____"

Process (as requested by Emrakul):

By comparing the across and down clues, you can figure out a few things very quickly. Firstly, 1 across is 2 letters and 3 across is 3 letters. There's at least one black space between them and two more in the first row. Since there's a 6 across AND a 6 down, you know that there's a black space before the first word (otherwise there wouldn't be a 6 down on the second row). Similar rationale with 7 and 8 across leads us to conclude that those are the same length as the clues above them. But 9 across must be a letter longer, since there is a 10 down (but no 10 across), so there are a couple black spaces in the upper right corner.

A combination of the rotational symmetry and a few clues at the bottom (MEL, STU) gives us a good frame for the bottom half to confirm this and I started filling in other clues (PI, IRS, MEL, STU, IMAGE, FIAT, PRIMATES, SCREAMED)

With some of the words filled in, and keeping in mind parallel symmetry, I reached "OUTER" and "GASPS" as the two words bridging the middle gap. That finished off the black squares of the grid. With a good chunk of letters, I started filling in the clues with missing numbers. AM was already done, and TIC, IT, M.E. came pretty quickly after. The few remaining squares were not too tough to finish off.

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    $\begingroup$ 19 across sounds like you're swearing but it got censored (the clue) $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 3:32
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    $\begingroup$ All correct, and excellent clues to boot. ;) I guess I can forgive you. $\endgroup$
    – COTO
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 8:47

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