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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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A Crossworm Puzzle

crossworm (noun) - A song that gets stuck in one's crossword puzzle. See also: earworm You know how it is - one moment, you've got a song stuck in your head; the next, it's stuck in your crossword ...
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Motion in the Ocean

This is part 65 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. ”It’s not the size of the crossword that counts.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, Today I have dived ...
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Do they even fit? Yes!

Right: 1: A direction. (4) 7: Beverages. (4) Down: 3: Elder sisters. (4) 4: To satisfy. (4) Up: 2: Greek letters. (4) 5: A stiff structure. (4) 6: For suppressing someone. (4)
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Digging tunnels in a crossword?

The puzzle below seems like a normal crossword puzzle. However, there is an important thing to notice: The black squares aren't solid, it is possible to dig tunnels through them! Rules + example Let'...
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Bare Bones – a semi-DIY crossword

This is part 64 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a semi-DIY crossword. Shade some cells in the grid so that the grid has ...
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How to create a crossword based on a 16 letter theme

I'm making a crossword puzzle to honor someone specific whose name contains 16 characters, obviously too many for a standard 15x15 grid and also an even number which can't go in the middle row of a ...
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A simple cross-number puzzle # 2

Beginner puzzle This puzzle is intended to be suitable for people who are new to puzzle solving. Clarification: Both experienced solvers and new solvers are welcome to post solutions to this puzzle. ...
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Top of the World

This is part 61 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Today I have travelled to admire another massive mountain peak from a very safe ...
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A simple cross-number puzzle

Beginner puzzle This puzzle is intended to be suitable for people who are new to puzzle solving. Clarification: Both experienced solvers and new solvers are welcome to post solutions to this puzzle. ...
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Crossword and Fill in the Blanks

Crossword Clues: Across 1. The very heart of tragedy 3. Benford's most common leading digits ...
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Triforce crossword

Across: # Clue 1 "Boiled stone" 2 A type of interpolation 3 A shorter word for illogicality 6 These often reside at the bottom Diagonal up: # Clue 1 A very enthusiastic weapon ...
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Breaking New Ground

This is part 60 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This crossword is a combination of straight crosswords clues, cryptic clues and ...
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CrossWordSearch 3

This is a crosswordsearch, a puzzle that's part crossword and part word search. In the puzzle, shade in some of the squares such that the remaining squares form a crossword puzzle that satisfies the ...
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A barred crossword for today

Penpa+ link Down: 1. Doze 4. Up 6. Subtraction 9. Tortoise 11. Behave 13. Acid 15. Appropriate 16. Healthy 17. Edison 18. Liberate 21. Behemoth 22. ??? 24. Antichrist 25. Calmness 28. Result 29. Enemy ...
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Cover me, I'm going in!

This is part 58 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a diagramless checkerboard crossword. Empty cells are either blue or white;...
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Sherlock's AZED crossword

Sherlock's AZED crossword Holmes passes his latest AZED crossword puzzle to Watson. "My goodness!" exclaims Watson, "What on earth is all this about?" Holmes replies "It is ...
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Signs and Wonders

The answer is a word (9) Prefer no partial answers please ACROSS 1 Sign 3 Location of wonder featured in 12A and 27A 5 Sign 8 Location of modern wonder featuring 17D 9 Location of modern wonder ...
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Aquatic Giants – Heyawake / Marching Bands

This is part 52 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. “One, two, three, four, five, I love marine wildlife.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, The grid on the ...
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Winetasting Far from Home

This is part 51 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, I hope you are well. My journey continues with another exciting destination. Today ...
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Towering Above – a jigsaw crossword

This is part 49 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a jigsaw crossword. Fill every row and column of the grid using the given ...
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Numeric A-Z crossword

This is an A-Z crossword: each of the 26 answers begins with a different letter. ? $ 10^{3 + 3 \cdot 10^{ \ 3 \cdot 10^{ \ \ 3 \cdot 10^{ \ \ 21}}}} $ Clues: 0 Fearless battleship (6) 1 Or eleven (3) ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 24): ... and a Kappa Nu Year!

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 250 reputation.< Previous Door ...
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Diagramless Minis

Standard diagramless crossword rules apply: Black squares will have rotational symmetry, all words are 3 letters or longer, and no letters are unchecked. Across clues are in the correct order, but ...
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Breathe, breathe in the air

This is part 47 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This time I have a jigsaw puzzle for you. You need to first solve a crossword, and ...
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Approach to solving cross-numbers with incomplete clues

I'm wondering whether there is a general approach to solving cross-numbers, such an algorithm-like sequence of steps. I understand that for the majority of puzzles like this, trial and error serves ...
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Begin with A, B, C (again!)

Er, wait a moment... This grid and title both seem very familiar... (Puzzle inspired by this one by msh210.) Across 1 Obamacare: abbr. 4 Taxi 7 Ethiopian capital, Addis _____ 12 Father of Odin 13 ...
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Begin with A, B, C

Across 1 A Hebrew letter 4 A franchise in various cities 7 Staggers from South Dakota 12 Muslim group in China 13 Fishy 14 Some woodwinds 15 An Oxonian college: 2 words 17 Food from the sky 18 A small ...
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Clueless Crossword, then Connect-Wall

Solve the following crossword that lacks most of the clues (but has some letters revealed), and then perform connect-wall to the resulting words. Please note that this is an enigmatic-puzzle – One ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #23 (Science and Nature 4/4): Making Things Difficult

This is part 23 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Here is a crossword for you to solve... Actually, here ...
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A hive buzzing with words

A turtle that goes into battle on a cart. (16) That which is overshadowed by the front. (10) A vital component of gaining speed. (12) A time measuring device that has gained wisdom through the ages....
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Multi smol boi puzzle I: apologies

Disclaimer: Jryy, svefg bs nyy, V jbhyq yvxr gb ncbybtvmr. Abg sbe npgvbaf (jryy bxnl, sbe npgvbaf), ohg sbe zl fzby obv pvcure. Vg frrzf gung zl svefg fzby obv chmmyr jnf whfg n ovg gbb uneq. Fb, gb ...
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10 friends of a triangular baseball batter

"I'll do it tomorrow" "Lattices and nets are my forte" The paved one A shadowy character A place where organic and inorganic meet Older brother of a piece of text A job title. Do ...
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Not the Other One

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. – up (motivates) 5. String instrument also known as the gamba 9. Japanese PM Shinzo 12. Warm coat 14. Writer Bombeck 15. Navy vessel, perhaps 16. Placement, not making ...
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--- Solve The Box ---

The box was there ready to be solved. Who was going to solve the box? Silence, nobody knew. Then Timmy stepped forward and opened the box. To his surprise he found a 3x5 grid of letters and a piece of ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #17 (Science and Nature 3/4): Workaround

This is part 17 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Solve the clues and enter their answers into the grid ...
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Regional Business

This is part 40 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The puzzle on the left-hand side is a regional Yajilin. Shade some cells in the ...
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A simple 5x5 crossword

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!. A simple crossword: Across: 1: Mormons, officially 4: Proceed, say 6: Correo _____ (Spanish mail stamp) 8: ...
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Cryptic crossword: blended dawn hue

This is a cryptic crossword. Solvers, to obtain the green tick, must solve the crossword, explain the clues, locate the first seven words of a quotation in the grid, and write the full quotation out ...
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Around the Bend in Many Steps

This is part 38 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is an Around-the-Bend puzzle. Each answer occupies two rows of the grid, ...
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Roughing It (Once More)

This is part 36 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The numbers in blue form a Tapa puzzle. Shade some cells in the grid so that the ...
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It Must Be New York

This is part 35 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, In this crossword, whenever one or more letters from the start of the clue form a ...
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Campfire Crossword

This is part 34 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, These are printer’s devilry clues with an additional definition part in each clue. ...
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Tropical Rhythms (Slight Return)

This is part 30 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, In this crossword, there are no word boundaries. Answers are written one after the ...
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Changing Landscape

This is part 24 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Today I am at a place high up in the mountains that I would have loved to visit 20 ...
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Term for a crossword's grid "density"?

A crossword puzzle's (usually square) grid has white squares and black squares. I define a crossword grid's "density" to be the ratio of the number of white squares to the total number of ...
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Tetromino Jigsaw Madness

This is part 23 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This puzzle is a crossword-jigsaw hybrid. Cover the white area of the grid with ...
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In It for the Long Haul

This is part 22 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The light grey numbers and arrows from a Yajilin puzzle. Shade some cells in the ...
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Deal or No Deal, Puzzling Edition

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows. "Well?" asks Howie Mandel. "Would you like to keep your case or switch it with the final one?" You freeze ...
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Layers upon Layers

This is part 19 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This time I have a Suraromu puzzle for you. The grid contains seven “gates”, ...
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Sneaks and Addlers

This is part 18 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This is an I Have No Idea What I’m Doing crossword. The clues are a mix of 10 ...
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