Questions tagged [crosswords]

A question including or relating to crossword puzzles. Use [cryptic-crosswords] for British-style cryptic crosswords; [crossword-clues] or [cryptic-clues] for clues as distinct from whole crosswords.

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CrossWordSearch 2

This puzzle is sort of like a crossword and sort of like a word search. Here are the rules: You start with a grid of letters and a list of clues Your goal is to shade in some of the squares so that ...
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Rows, circles, wordplay, and semi-obscure cultural references (a crossword)

A "Marching Bands" puzzle has rules and a structure that are distinct from a typical crossword: Rows 1-12 each have two answers, A and B. They can be any length (except rows 6 and 7 which ...
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This month's $100 question (not a real prize)

****A big one to celebrate my half-century (50th puzzle)!**** I work as a puzzle setter at FakePuzz (not a real magazine). This morning I burst into the office of Eddie Tor (not a real editor) so ...
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Love-ins? A capital idea for a cryptic crossword

Across 1 Moves mass across surface of Earth 3 Carrot top inserted in faithless can for escapades 6 Empire head removed in revolution 10 Blurred as at end of day, perhaps start of it 11 A food riddled ...
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The words go marching round and round

Here's another variety crossword type: Marching Bands Rules Words march across each line. Each line has 2 words of variable length. The two words will fill up the whole line. Line 6's words are 5 ...
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Crosswordsearch

Here's an interesting idea for a puzzle I came up with (not sure if it's been done before). The idea is that it's kinda like a crossword, and also kinda like a word search. Here's how it works: You ...
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Crosswords: Maximum number of words in an n×n grid

What is the maximum number of "words spaces" that can be in an n×n crossword, based on the placement of the shaded squares. Some limitations No word can be less than 3 spaces in length ...
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Dog's mead AKA The Little Pigley Farm

This is not a puzzle, this is a question about a certain puzzle, Dog's mead. Several forms of this puzzle have been known, and I'm referring to this particular form. There are some history on that ...
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Crossword, but math!

This kind of puzzle is from my mom's puzzle magazines. There it is called Figure Logic. It is essentially a crossword, but with math. In crosswords, all words must be real words. In Figure Logic, no ...
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What if your wordsearch was a crossword?

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. Rules Each word starts in the box marked with its clue ...
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Rose's Favorite Creature (an Around-the-Bend)

Rules for Around-The-Bends can be found here I was hanging out in Flourish & Blotts the other day when a little girl* came up to me. She said, “I’m Rose Granger-Weasley. If you guess my favorite ...
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Take Two! (an Around-the-Bend)

Here's another around-the-bend. I felt like putting a hidden word in, but I couldn't think of anything good... there's still a word, though. Just unscramble the highlighted letters. Rules Each word ...
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Around the Bend

I saw this crossword type in a book and decided to make one. It's called an around-the-bend because each word goes... around the bend. I have both the board and the clues as a text file, but I have no ...
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(Indonesian) Fill-In Puzzle

I made this seasonal puzzle to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia. So actually there are four thematic hidden phrases that can be found after solving the puzzle. But because they are ...
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Uncle Nestor's postcard crossword

Uncle Nestor is still finding ways to adapt to life inside a socially isolated bubble. Now that we are allowed to visit family members, I was helping him sort through an old drawer of postcards and ...
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A crossword (+ a secret message)

What number does this top-secret message point to? Ftq mzeiqd ue: ftq ecgmdq daaf ar fia tgzpdqp mzp fiqzfk ruhq This table and crossword could help: Crossword clues: Across: 5. A ...
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Uncle Nestor's travel crossword

Uncle Nestor is a renowned global traveller, and can never stay focused on the one thing for too long. In an attempt to pass the time through the current global travel restrictions, Nestor thought it ...
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The Crosswordsearch

I submitted a wordsearch and a crossword to the New York Times, but for some reason they rejected them! I'm really disappointed, but I'm willing to improve. It sounds like my wordsearch was fine, ...
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Cryptic Crossword?

You pick up a discarded newspaper, hoping to satiate your need for puzzles with a cryptic crossword. But as you turn to the page, you feel something is awry – perhaps some elision? Across 3. $F_6,F_7,...
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Crosswords - Feline rage

Here's a crosswords puzzle grid: Horizontal clues 1) The better thing that can happen to a recruit 7) Local Area Network 8) Ante Meridian 10) Not out 11) Grip tightly and sharply between finger and ...
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A barred crossword

Across 1 Powers 5 Cops in much of Europe 8 Online rule 9 Body named for a national park 10 Studio 11 Vigevano 14 1940 song, sort of 15 Triangle 16 Partner killer 17 Value of a question 19 A strike 20 ...
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The hardest crossword you'll do today!

This could well be the most difficult crossword you do today! Please note that the use of Google and other search engines is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. (Of course, I have no way of policing this, but if ...
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Setka Puzzle - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic; Tom Hanks

Theme: Tom Hanks This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from our profile. How to play Setka, the short version: ...
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Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic; Theme - Fear Itself

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from our profile. Theme: Fear Itself How to play Setka, the short version: ...
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Real Fuel 2: Refueled

Could you guys help? I bought a new fancy vehicle last month, and it came pre-fueled. All was well and good until a friend of mine asked if I could spare some gas. I had an extra FUEL TANK, so I ...
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This Vehicle Needs Real Fuel!

I just got a brand new, fancy car! The problem is that it keeps telling me it needs REAL FUEL to function! I took a look inside the tank between both of the "Real Fuel Drums" and both of the "Gas-to-...
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Geography puzzles — find the one-word answer

Below are two separate puzzles, but you will need to solve both to find the one-word answer. Good luck!
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Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic; Theme - Greenwich Village Resident

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from our profile. Theme: Greenwich Village Resident How to play Setka, the ...
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Crossword puzzle clue Y's guys?

In the New York Times Tuesday October 14, 2008 crossword puzzle, 18 across, 4 letters, is "Y's guys?" and the answer is: It must be fairly obvious but I can't figure out what this means. The question ...
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Find the word and became sea's lord

Find a word which by rearranging its letters, it contains: A city in Alaska A film where Chaplin's daughter performs A meteorical medical condition
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Changing the system

Solve the clues, fit them into the crossword grid, and discover (via the shaded and circled cells) a 9-letter pun. Use this and the answers you have found to explain what's going on here! Clues: ...
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Three mini-crosswords with maths/physics theme

Three mini-crosswords are presented below. There is a maths/physics theme to these puzzles. I am sure that they will be solved quite quickly and hints will not be required, but if anyone gets really ...
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Applied crossword solving

Across 6 It's applied to the Down answers 9 An expression of mild surprise 11 Gas station fixture 12 Measure of file size 13 Eastman invention 14 A Kansan woman 16 Not bespoke Down 1 It's applied to ...
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Beating conservative at working in alien area: one liberal success to start with (3,1,4,5)

Struggling with this one. I know alien is normally ET and conservative is probably C or tory but can't figure out what the definition is. The letters I have so far are _ _ _ /O/_ I _ E / _ _ _ _ _ (...
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On The Subject of Black Holes

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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I made a crossword for you guys

Here's the crossword: I call it "A Abuse"... You'll find out why. Made with a crossword maker lol
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Why is “arrive” an answer for the crossword clue “like desert terrain”?

Possible source: https://nytminicrossword.com/nyt-mini-crossword-answers-january-14-2020/ ACROSS 1. Listen to 5. Desolate 7. Like desert terrain 8. Lines of work 9. Monopoly purchases 10. Armed ...
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Regarding a crossword

Down any of bcbbbccccbc ccbcbcccbcbcca ba ccca ...
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Geography crossword

I made a little crossword for you. If you get it right, the keyword will make sense for you :)
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Missing links in crossword

Feast, jelly, runner (4) circle, fancy, rehearsal (5) get, press, streets (5) house, singer, soap (5)
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Word lists for general knowledge crosswords

When using software to create a grid for a cryptic crossword, most general-purpose word lists will do because you want most of the answers to be headwords from a dictionary. But I'd like to compile a ...
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Witness intimidation

After solving this puzzle, I received an envelope in the mail. I opened the envelope, only to find three letters inside. The first one read: I know who you are I'm sending my greeting ...
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Call Me at This Number

Come play with me in chat if you know my word! ...
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Capital Punishment - The Clock is Ticking

A little spooky teaser for the coming Halloween... A minor tag that suits but can't be put in due to the tag limit is omitted. Hints: 1 2 3 4 5
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Cross Bird Puzzle

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The answer is the same (tricky puzzle!)

Fill in the right words and the answer can be read across. Enjoy! Expensive Automatic Life Shrink Nadir Named Winter
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The 7-numbers crossword

This crossword doesn't have any regular clues, however, all the words are made with the same 7 letters (each of them got a number). No automatic solvers are allowed. CSV version: ...
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Regex crossword

I can't believe this old-but-gold piece hasn't been shared here. It's a regex crossword puzzle! Here's a nicely printable PDF. Kudos for this one goes to a competition held by MIT in 2013. The ...
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What is a good/standard list of “simple English words” suitable for puzzling?

Suppose I'm trying to computer-solve a puzzle, or computer-create a puzzle, where "every word in the whatever is a common English word." For example, intuitively, ...
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A Pure Crossword Minicube

This puzzle was made as requested by EKons, here. So, enjoy this three-dimensional realistic sensation!

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