I've been with my girlfriend, who's birth date is 20 February, for almost three years now.
I would like to hand her a challenge with a crossword puzzle. (not really a crossword I think, but something similar)
So I decided to create one and ask her to find the secret hidden message inside.

Crossword puzzle

All words are horizontal, and the secret message is the one inside the red box.

1. Standing in line.
2. Relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering.
3. Repairing synonym.
4. To shutdown the computer is equal to:
5. A person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with.
6. 3.14159265359....
7. Life-supporting component of the air.
8. You wear it in hand
9. Normally it has a circular shape, and yummiiii….
10. Found between a couple.
11. A place to put all kind of criminals.
12. Go out, look up, you see it.
13. Something to have fun with when bored
14. Birds do it, we can't.

Can you help her find the hidden message, in case she tried to find the answer here when I am not looking?


Two steps are needed to solve it,
First one is to find the words
Second one is to decipher the message.

  • $\begingroup$ is oxygen really not the answer for 7? Doesn't fit. $\endgroup$
    – Brisingr
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Brisingr I used plural, don't know why >< $\endgroup$
    – Paul Karam
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 20:59
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    $\begingroup$ Well the answer is very obvious, just need to solve the crossword :P $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil As I told benzene, the answer is very obvious, and I am actually really going to hand my girlfriend this puzzle :) She's learning English so she won't easily solve it herself. Well, I will see ;) $\endgroup$
    – Paul Karam
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulKaram oh good luck! She might find the cipher difficult if she doesn't know about ROT or Caesar ciphers, but you could always tell her about that if she solve the crossword. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 20:26

1 Answer 1


The clues are

1. Queue
2. graphiC
3. Fixing
4. turnofF

5. Subject
6. pI
7. Oxygens

8. Glove
9. fondU
10. Love
11. jaiL
12. Sun

13. Game
14. flY

put 'em together:



shift each letter forward 6 places in the alphabet

and the message is


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    $\begingroup$ ...Which was immediately obvious from the blanks and context but I did not have the time to work out the puzzle that goes with. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ If I told you that this word ending with 'u' is a sweet, can you figure it out? $\endgroup$
    – Paul Karam
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 5:00
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    $\begingroup$ I can't even think of a five letter word ending in 'u' other than haiku $\endgroup$
    – benzene
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ fondu? Not exactly a 'circular' per se, but is usually served in a circular container. $\endgroup$
    – benzene
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 3:44
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I am not excellent in English and wanted to try something, and just for information, I am really going to hand her this puzzle. It's not just made for this site ;), and since she's learning English from scratch now, I didn't want to make it so hard, hence why it was so obvious and easy. Yes, the word is Fondu. $\endgroup$
    – Paul Karam
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 7:24

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