As part of celebration for reaching a score of 1000, I have decided to start making puzzles from now on. Now, I know this is not a very hard puzzle. I will start off making some simple puzzles, then gradually (hopefully) learn to make complex ones. With this in mind, I would really love for the newbies to have a chance to solve this. I remember scouting this site for a soluble yet unanswered puzzle for week or more before I found a chance to answer one.

I would like to keep this puzzle open for newbies (1-100 rep) for a while before other experienced puzzlers can answer this. I will not say others should not/cannot answer, I only request those with higher reps to please wait for a while before answering. But I will gladly welcome any suggestions/improvements from everyone. Thank you :)

Now for the puzzle itself. For my first puzzle, I have created a crossword for which the clues are in the form of Whatsapp emojis.

Crossword Grid Clues

Thanks to many of the higher rep folks who I know would have loved to answer but didn't. We had many new folks answering and I loved that! :D I have accepted @prog_SAHIL's answer as he was the first to get all words right. But I would definitely encourage anyone looking to upvote his answer to also upvote other's answers along with his! Great job everyone :)

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    $\begingroup$ Since newcomers that already have an account on another SE site usually start with 100 rep (association bonus), you should widen your newbie restriction to 0-200 rep. $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ Agree with @xhienne. That said, I think this is a nice idea. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 9:31
  • $\begingroup$ Although I have been a member of the Puzzling Stack Exchange for several months, I have been mostly active for only about a month or so. That being said, what does TLDR mean? (Also, nice puzzle, though. I can't upvote because I have reached my daily voting limit and can vote again in $14$, so I favourited instead.) $\color{darkorange}{\bigstar}$ :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ Too Long Don’t Read $\endgroup$
    – Rohit Jose
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 TLDR (or TL;DR) stands for "too long; didn't read" and is usually used to indicate a summary of a wall of text. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 9:46

6 Answers 6



3 Across - LIQUOR (Credits to Stefanto)
4 Across - NEURONS
6 Across - FARM
7 Across - SKIN
1 Down - ASLEEP
2 Down - POLAR
5 Down - SPORTS

Some artwork,


  • $\begingroup$ All right, just need to get 6 Down! $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @nikki, Can you check now? $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ It's great to read then answer (I dont "work" on weekends ;-) but I cannot fond any reason why 6 down is FUNCTION $\endgroup$
    – Stefanto
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 7:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Stefanto Function refers to a "gathering". $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 12:01

I think that

Across 5 is sports
Across 6 is farm
Across 4 is neurons (Again Stephanto)
Across 3 is liquor (Thanks to Stephanto)
Down 2 is polar (Also thanks to Stephanto)
Down 1 is snores (More Stephanto)

  • $\begingroup$ 5 down has 6 letters $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ Oh sorry, I was looking at 4 across $\endgroup$
    – Rohit Jose
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ How would the 'V' fit in 7 across? $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ You have 6 of them correct! I had something else in mind for Down 1, but I can accept yours. Down 1 is a little off :/ $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ Please make sure to use rot 13 to encode your answers when commenting. But apart from that, great answer, you have my +1 :) $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:20

This is my attempt, but I hardly believe it is correct:

  1. BEAUTY. Beauty sleep.

  2. ENDED. Bears hibernate during the winter, and when they do, their typical lives would have ended for the time being.

  3. DRINKS.

  4. STUDIES. Studies about the brain, for instance.

  5. SPORTS.

  6. PARTYING (ACROSS) and PETS / PEST (ACROSS, and going with the latter).

  7. This is the stuff-up. My closest is INTUIT SUIT, as the senses suit everyone (?); they are highly convenient. I could also come up with SH$\ast$$\ast$, but that is not very appropriate.

Here is the entire crossword:

(Added an effect because I think it looks cool.)

New Answer

2. (DOWN) = RADAR since when bears hibernate, they can become off the radar for a while.

Based on what the OP commented below, I think 1. (DOWN) = ASLEEP.

The OP also mentioned that SPORTS was correct, but that was the only one correct, so leaving that there, I think 4. (ACROSS) = NEURONS. (However, I find that the Puzzling Stack Exchange does not consider that a word, at least for me that is...)

Assuming 6. (ACROSS) = FARM, I think 6. (DOWN) = FAVORITE because the emojis could be dancing to their favorite song(s) or style of music? They seem to really be enjoying themselves! one of the following four words. (I have included four and not picked one to not risk constantly editing my answer, which is also in a comment below.)

  • FIGURINE — the dancing emojis could be action figures (?);

  • FINALIST — the emojis could represent dance finalists in a show/audition;

  • FEASTING — the emojis might be dancing for a feast of some kind; or

  • FIREBIRD — there is an actual dance called the Firebird by Stavinsky which the lady emoji might be dancing to!

For the remaining words left, I have kept 3. (ACROSS) the same because I can't think of another word that fits... but I think 7. (ACROSS) = SKIN. That is my best bet. It might not be correct, but it is better than SUIT.

Final Answer:

Oh, finally! I think I got it this time. (If I haven't, then I will look at the other answers, including the accepted one, because I haven't done that either!) I have included what I got correct in my new answer and what I did not. The comment section below this answer shows how I got up to this stage. [To OP:] Please make more of these crosswords (emoji or not)! :D

  1. ASLEEP.

  2. POLAR (thanks to the hint below).

  3. LIQUOR (thanks to the hint below, but how did I not think of this?).


  5. SPORTS.

  6. FARM (ACROSS) and FUNCTION (DOWN) (thanks to the hint below... otherwise, I would've killed myself trying to uncover this word).

  7. SKIN (thank God this word contains only $4$ letters).

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    $\begingroup$ That’s cool how you completed it, but I think some stuff is a bit off, like pest is probably farm $\endgroup$
    – Rohit Jose
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ You can use my answer is you want, and just credit me, but also it’s still amazing how you completed the crossword with actual words though $\endgroup$
    – Rohit Jose
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 10:43
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    $\begingroup$ You only got 5 Down right. You arrived at the answer for 1 Down and then overshot it! But cool effect! :P $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:54
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    $\begingroup$ You are right about 1 Down. But not about 2 Down or 6 Down. I tried my best to avoid words that have different spellings across countries :P $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 5:13
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    $\begingroup$ I'll give you a hint for 6 Down: Gur jbeq vf nyfb hfrq va cebtenzzvat. And for 2 Down: Gur svefg rzbwv vf na nqwrpgvir sbe gur frpbaq bar. Just take the clue literally for 2 Down, it's very simple, I feel you're looking very deeply into it $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 4:42

may i suggest the following

6 down : FEASTING (is that proper English ??) as it looks like it is all about a FEAST

Next try is

7 across : SKIN, as it is what could be missing to have a complete face

and I also would keep

6 across : FARM

I would change

3 across : LIQUOR

and then add

2 down : POLAR

I could keep

5 down : SPORTS eventhough there are too many ladies shown...

But it doesnt fit with

1 down : SNORES 4 across : NEURONE

So i try

5 down : (sporting) EVENTS

  • $\begingroup$ You've got most of them right! Keep what you could keep and look at @prog_SAHIL's answer for 4 Across! Just need to get 6 Down! $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ I see that a lot of people referenced your answers, great work! You have my +1 :) $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:22

Another (and now revised) attempt, with some different thoughts than others so far:

3 across:

LIQUOR (not drinks, as it has to start with L - see 2 down)

4 across:

NEURONS (borrowed from other answers)

6 across:


7 across:

SKIN (borrowed from other answers)

1 down:

ASLEEP (has to fit ????E?, others have guessed SNORES and SLEEPER. I want to add ASLEEP)

2 down:

POLAR (snow bear? What else could it be)

5 down:


6 down:

FLOURISH (I knew this had to fit the pattern F????I?? based on other items. This is just a guess right now.)

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Great answer, most of your answers are right! Only 6 Down needs to be corrected :) $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ Here's a +1 from me! $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, well it's almost definitely not flautist, flourine, frosting, fraction, frontier, fidelity, or any of the hundreds of words Google tells me fit the pattern. I'll keep trying. $\endgroup$
    – cobaltduck
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm.... How about either ROT13(SERAMVRF or SERAMVRQ) ? $\endgroup$
    – cobaltduck
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, sorry :/ You were so close, but @prog_SAHIL got all answers right first. Please look at his answer. But great job for your first time! :) $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 17:24

7 across:

HAND - body part used to touch

6 down:

FLAMENCO - guess from the female's dress and dancing/party

  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps in your case, 5. could be Rot13(DHRAPU) since sport may prove to be tiring, and might make you drink in order to Rot13(DHRAPU lbhe guvefg)? :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ 4 across can't end in Q @user477343 $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ That's what I first thought, but I didn't doubt the English language... until now :\ $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 10:51
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, sorry, neither of them is right :/ $\endgroup$
    – nikki
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 15:59

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