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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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Round and Round (the World)

This is part 17 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, Today’s puzzle is a circular crossword with overlapping answers. Answers in all ...
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Puzzle #111731267 - 19 Crossed Pairs

Instructions: There are 19 pairs of related answers with a common theme. Each pair consists of an across answer and a down answer. These two answers cross at a single letter marked with a number. All ...
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Many Moons (and Suns) Ago

This is part 12 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Many moons ago, on an island far, far away… Deаr Puzzling, Today I have a Moon-or-Sun puzzle for ...
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In Remembrance of Dark Times

This is part 8 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, The name of the game here is printer’s devilry, with an added definition part in ...
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Who’s in for a Cruising?

This is part 6 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, Looks like I’m getting way behind schedule already. Sorry about that! Time flies ...
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Hippos and Horseplay

This is part 5 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This time you are going to need some of your chess knowledge. Not a lot of chess ...
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From Before Caesar

This is part 4 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, How have you been? I hope you don’t mind me showing up a little early this time ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 19): At the Theater

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door> Across 1 ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 15): Candy Cane Crossword

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Solve this ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 14): Let's decorate the tree!

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > If you ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 9): International Christmas Crossword

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Languages ...
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A 2x2 Crossword

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words Across 1 - Catan resource 4 - Cables used to restart car batteries 5 - A piece of Earth's lithosphere Down 1 - To apply ...
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The woefully underclued crossword

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words Giving clues for everything makes things way too simple. In this crossword, four clues are not given and you must find a way ...
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Crossword by name, crossword by nature

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words Here's a crossword puzzle - in fact, here are two of them - with a twist. Every entry in the two grids below contains the 5-...
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Neo-Futurist Poetry

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words Skyline's better half mirrored – a perfect pangram and yet a poem. (5) The answer to this crossword is the unclued 1-Down, a ...
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