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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Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) - a Puzzling tribute

Across: 1. 1962 hit for Elvis Presley: Return to ______ (6) 5. Capital city of Jordan (5) 7. Birthplace of Albert Einstein (3) 8. Member of the Royal Military Police (6) 9. Major US retailer, Home ...
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Events/Activities Crossword Puzzle

I wonder where such events/activities happen. Mind the gaps while filling! The crossword grid was created at https://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/crossword/ The idea of the puzzle ...
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Build your own puzzle!

This grid contains 3 puzzles all in one; 0h n0, a Crossword and a Wordoku (Sudoku with letters)... ...but first you'll need to build it. 0h n0 Cells can 'see' other blue cells in the same row and ...
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Another Strange Crossword

Solve the strangely-shaped crossword. Then find the answer word describing how PSE treats new users. Sorry- no text version of the crossword image. It is difficult for me to fit all that info into ...
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A crossword with no clues?

This crossword doesn't appear to have any clues... or does it? Solve the crossword to get a bonus puzzle, and find the final word to describe the crossword! Google Sheets Link
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Get-a-Clue™ Crossword

Complete the crossword. Each answer is one word. (n) is noun and (v) is verb. collection 1D. ↑ (n) 1A. ↑ (n) 2D. ↑ (n) 3D. ↑ (n) 4A. ↑ (v) 5A. ↑ (n) 6D. ↑ (v) 7D. ↑ (v) 8A. ↑ (n) 9A. ↑ (v) 10A. ↑ (v)...
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The History of Unicode

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx. Here are the pages in text form; it should be pretty self-explanatory, but feel free to ask any questions if ...
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Riley-Clued Crossword

The no-computers tag is there only to prevent database dictionary searches. Other computer uses are fine. Below is an ascii version of the image above, for those who cannot view images. All words are ...
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Another trip with my travel agent

"Hola, compadre!" "Hey Pat. I got the list of possible destinations for my trip this summer. I'm not sure why I need a diagram, but I assume you want me to get this down to a short list....
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The Mystery Word

STEPS FOR SOLVING (READ FIRST): First, review the crossword puzzle and its hints. Next, solve each space of the crossword puzzle except for A10. When you are done solving the rest of the crossword ...
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->Transitions->

Here is a crossword to solve; the yellow squares hold a relevant word. Online tools will be useful/needed. partial text transcription: ...
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I got ninety-nine problems - so here's another one!

To date, on Puzzling.SE I have contributed (counting: 10, 20, 30...) 99 problems to the site. So to mark my 100th, here's a massive meta-puzzle to celebrate the occasion! Task Solve the nine sub-...
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Math Crossword with a Twist

This puzzle was inspired by this one Who will be the first to solve this tricky math crossword puzzle completely? Across 2: Half of ({20 Across} x (smallest perfect number) + 446) 3: (Number of ...
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Four-Letter Blocks: Board Games (11x11)

I designed a 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 four letters, as ...
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Enigmarch Day 3: Shadow

This puzzle was created as part of Enigmarch, a daily puzzle construction challenge. A spreadsheet of the puzzle is available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/...
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Language Barrier - A study on languages

(Author Note) A while ago I made some puzzles for a now defunct puzzle hunt project, here's one of them. The answer to this (and some other puzzles of said hunt) is two words. The puzzle itself is ...
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Variety Gridlocks

Gridlocks is a word puzzle genre invented by my friend sus. Here's how it works: You are given 3x3 crosswords to fill in. Two of the crossword clues clue 3-letter words that must be entered down the ...
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17-Across: Winner of next Sunday's Super Bowl LVI (!)

If you're like me, you're excited for the big game this weekend. Here's a crossword puzzle to enjoy while we wait. To solve in browser, I recommend accessing this link from the east coast and this ...
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Crosswordle Puzzle

Billy is not good at Wordle. He insists on guessing words in such a way that the columns form words, too. Here are some crossword-style hints for Billy's words: Can you determine the underlying ...
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Songs by popular bands

Across 1. Gap 6. (See 81 Across) 10. Mixture 15. ___ la vista 16. For Luis, to love 17. It's negative 18. Mr. Welles 19. Give up 20. It's not their fault, but ours 21. A song by Kiss? 24. For 25. Run ...
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Massively multilingual Euro crossword

The clues in this crossword are in 18 different European languages: English, Belarusian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, ...
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Creating accessible crosswords

Often, crosswords* posted to Puzzling have at least one of the grid or clues in an image. For visually impaired, blind, and/or screen-reader using people, or those who can't see images for some other ...
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Region + Region = Region

Solve the crossword then find the final answer by the answers you got. Clues: Across The Big Dipper is so beautiful at night. Why is that man killing a demon!? That lion is posing with a sword. A ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 7): Don't forget the lyrics!

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > In the ...
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Self-Referential Crossword

Text clues: Scratched (6) Snow sport (6) Maui and Oahu? (6 7) Pimento container (5) Celebrated singer (4) Guest (7) Old world warblers (9) English king, briefly (6 4) Stick (5) Cutting tools (4) Left ...
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Incomprehensible Crossword [Puzzle]

What Notable Object is the Following Crossword Cluing? Across: 1. Clattering or banging, for example (5) 2. Has never been done before (8) 3. Fiery pit (4) 4. Exam solution (6) 5. Very cream of ...
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How do I get Quinapalus to give me words that are 'anagram of word_a' in 'word_b'?

I would like to use the Quinapalus Matcher to look for words that are made (with some prior jiggerypokery) from two letter sets, let's call them $word_a$ and $word_b$. The letters in $word_a$ can be ...
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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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