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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A partially obsolete word square?

I'm slowly working on my next word square puzzle, and during the process, I crafted a partially obsolete order 5 square: The clues, in no particular order are: A guarded hedge for deterring cattle. ...
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4*4 Word Square #3

A word square is a puzzle in which letters can be placed into the grid below so that words are formed both horizontally and vertically. In this puzzle, the same four words are formed in each direction....
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4*4 Word Square #2

A word square is a puzzle in which letters can be placed into the grid below so that words are formed both horizontally and vertically. In this puzzle, the same four words are formed in each direction....
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4*4 Word Square

A word square is a puzzle in which letters can be placed into the grid below so that words are formed both horizontally and vertically. In this puzzle, the same four words are formed in both ...
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A poorly approximated crossword

Today's crossword topic is flowers: Across Daffodils, erica, dogbane, ursi, candytuft and tithonia. Daphne, eustoma, dianthus, orchid, ixia and dietes. Down Alstroemeria, dianella and day. ...
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Four-Letter Blocks: Nursery Rhymes (15x15)

I've designed a new type of puzzle called Four-Letter Blocks that mixes crossword puzzles with jigsaw puzzles. You are given a crossword puzzle that's been filled in and then cut up into blocks of ...
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Four-Letter Blocks: Pop Music (13x13)

I've designed a new type of puzzle called Four-Letter Blocks that mixes crossword puzzles with jigsaw puzzles. You are given a crossword puzzle that's been filled in and then cut up into blocks of ...
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Four-Letter Blocks: Movie Madness (11x11)

I've designed a new type of puzzle called Four-Letter Blocks that mixes crossword puzzles with jigsaw puzzles. You are given a crossword puzzle that's been filled in and then cut up into blocks of ...
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Four-Letter Blocks: Classic Toys (9x9)

I've designed a new type of puzzle called Four-Letter Blocks that mixes crossword puzzles with jigsaw puzzles. You are given a crossword puzzle that's been filled in and then cut up into blocks of ...
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How is a crossword clue to be interpreted when it contains (… includes part of #-Direction)?

Given crossword contains two examples of these clues. This crossword is complete and correct. 43 Across reads: Component of a teacher's interview (... includes part of 28-Down) Clue for 28 down: ...
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Another crossword of mine

Across 1 Pa alternative 4 A friend of the hiders (2 words) 13 Some SE housekeeping 16 Jackie Harris, for one 17 An opera piece 18 Mrs. Perón 19 "The best man in the government" 20 Support ...
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Story of a hag and of a hog

Jump to the image to skip the 'flavour' story I am very worried about my auntie. I have not heard from her for nearly a month now, and our last phone call was very strange: -"Hello?" -"...
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Fun Cryptic Crossword

You purchase a tabloid-ish newspaper from a stand at your local station, hoping desperately there's a cryptic in the back to sate your crossword desires. You begin pencilling in some obvious anagrams ...
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AnaCross II: it's bigger now

So, I've prepared another AnaCross puzzle. The rules are exactly the same: At the end of each row is a pool of letters; those letters are the letters that go in that row of the crossword. Normal ...
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World's smallest puzzle

I reproduce here the "world's smallest puzzle" - a crossword etched onto the head of a pin - purportedly created by one Allan Boardman, taken from a YouTube video, and to which I don't know ...
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What is my son studying at school?

My eight-year-old was recently given a homework assignment to create a small crossword puzzle that demonstrated what he'd learned while studying his class's History topic this term. So we put our ...
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You've been caught, sweetie

I sent six puzzles to the Times but received the following reply: Dear Sir, We are sorry to reject your sequential crossword submissions for the following reasons: The squares must be 15x15 or 21x21 ...
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A Very Special Crossword

While sorting through things after a move, I came across my first ever crossword made without use of a computer. It was just me, sitting at my family table with a piece of paper and a dictionary. ...
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AnaCross: A crossword made of anagrams

This is a new type of puzzle I've devised: the AnaCross. Nothing new under the sun and all, I'm sure someone has made one before, but I've never seen it. The rules are pretty simple. At the end of ...
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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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