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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Didn't you ask me for a crossword?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #forty-seven: "Wacky Sudokus" Here's that crossword you asked for... Sorry, what's that - you didn't ask me for a crossword?? TASK: Solve the puzzle ...
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A themeless noncryptic

ACROSS 1. Go away 4. Planned major port on the Pacific coast 6. Overreactive 9. 1940s escape routes from Europe 10. NEXT, for example 11. Olympiad champion 12. Vow 14. A Scottish Monday 16. Pinnacle ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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Goodbye to 2020

ACROSS 1. (with 5 across) what many wore in 2020 5. see 1 across 10. a Canadien 13. Warwickshire river 14. a rock, perhaps 15. an airline (2 words) 17. tirade 18. Reagan's "Just ___" (2 ...
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Six words in a 3x3 grid

Can you place 9 letters in a 3x3 grid such that each row and column forms a distinct 3-letter word? Rows are read left to right, while columns are read top to bottom. I will accept words that are ...
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Another Straightforward 4-letters Crossword?

This is an entry for Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids. Across 4. "___ and on" 5. "La ___" light 6. Aside from it 8. Diagonal 10. Firefly 12. Clothes shop ...
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Stacking word bouncer

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids blue: Am I (3<) a singer in a temple (3,5v) or in a a sun-starved (5^) metric conflict area (3,5>)? red: A disfiguring ...
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Coming back with a 4D Crossword!

This puzzle is part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids. The clues are in random order. The Blank Grid Across ...
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This ain't your grandpa's word square!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This is a regular word square: C A R D A R E A R E A R D A R T As you can see, the words read the same across and down. Now I have ...
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Animal Cross(word)ing

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids Each of the 40 clues listed below (a mix of pop culture and science/nature) yields the name of an animal. Your task is to solve ...
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A Tribute to Psych

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids The following is a 4x5 grid: Within the grid, there are 13 words laid out in the following way: The words may go forwards or ...
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Self-contained math crossword with if-then-else clues

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids Since I'm not good with with words and crosswords, here is a math crosswords: to know all the operands for the calculations you ...
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Crossnumber Puzzle

Across: 1. Sum of consecutive integer powers of 21 Across 7. Prime number, not all of whose digits are prime 8. Number that is coprime with 13 Down 9. Sum of three consecutive primes 10. Noble gas ...
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Across and down? Who needs those?

One you raise as your own U.S. damming org. Norwich area Tartan Aerial lift Paracetamol and emotional support, for example BSN, in some schools Vampire of film Written-works journal of JHU Borrow and ...
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How do I make an Around the Bend crossword?

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is an Around the Bend crossword, and how do I make one?
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Alphabetized Around: an Around-the-Bend

This is a variety crossword type called Around-the-Bend Rules Each word goes from left to right on its numbered line, and then continues from right to left on the next line #20 wraps back around to #...
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The Cryptic Cat strikes again! (2 Marching Bands)

Conversation with the Cryptic Cat after my last crossword: Cat: WHERE WERE THE CRYPTIC CLUES Me: Calm down! I just wanted to make a normal- Cat: Normal? What’s the point of a normal crossword? ...
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An incomplete crossword

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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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