I'm trying (another) crossword variant from the same puzzle book. It's called a helter-skelter, the lovechild of a wordsearch and a crossword.
- Each word starts in the box marked with its clue number, and extends in the direction of the next clue number (#1 is forward horizontal, here).
- You have to figure out for yourself which direction the last word goes in
- Words must at least reach the next clue number, but may extend past it (#1 could be 6, 7, or 8 letters long)
- Words must be at least 3 letters long
- Words can go in any direction, including diagonally, that is allowed in a wordsearch
- All cells in the grid will be filled once you are done
Text version of grid
1 _ 4 _ _ 2 _ _ _ _ 17 _ _ _ 18 _ _ _ _ _ 5 _ _ 6 16 20 3 _ _ 10 _ 7 _ _ 21 _ 13 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 23 8 _ 9 _ 19 _ _ _ _ _ _ 15 _ 22 _ 14 11 _ 12
1. A kind of guidance often requested in ratings 2. Bushes too big for their britches 3. Always 4. Underrated genetic code 5. Creative crafts 6. Convinced 7. Bees too big for their britches 8. A strange-tasting “milk” 9. Talk and talk and talk and talk 10. A group that talks and talks and talks and talks 11. Cut off an “always” 12. Merit 13. Spot 14. A young, informal professional 15. Fox hunter’s cry 16. Poke someone 17. Make angry, perhaps by poking 18. Sells strange-tasting “milk”, etc. 19. Fine-smelling thorny 20. Run away together 21. Jump 22. Filipino dollars 23. Performance section
I'd love to hear feedback on this, since it's my first attempt. Should I try to have more checked letters? Less? Have more clues in the center? Would you all enjoy more weird crossword variants (the book has a LOT more)?
Extra Imaginary Internet Points for each extra word you find in the finished grid!