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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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Four-words (----||||)

Four-words : My first is indivisible , but not really. My second is a cloak worn by men , but in ancient Rome. My third is a cruel wicked person , but not a human. My fourth is about 20 quires , but ...
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Six-words (------) Six-words (||||||)

Six-words: My first is what a bouncer does if they think you're cool enough My second is what my fourth does to your pain My third is your surroundings on a grassy hill in summer My fourth ...
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Are there “rules” (or consistent conventions) that limit when the NY Times Crossword can deviate from rotational symmetry?

Most American crosswords use rotational (or "radial") symmetry so that squares directly opposite each other (through the center) are identical. In the Times, I've only seen this not be the case ...
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Five-words (-----|||||)

Five-words: My first is a kind of cattle from Asia (more than one). My second is what a horse did to its victory if it just won a race on its own merit. My third is found together with a groom. My ...
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Another Four-words (----||||)

It's been a while since we have seen one of these (as originally created by Prem), and I thought people might enjoy another one. (See the original for the solution format.) My first is the conclusion ...
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Race to the Past: A Historical Scavenger Hunt

This was intended to be for History Fortnight, but I didn't quite get it finished up in time. (I now have a history of just missing these cutoffs.) Here's the puzzle, though you'll definitely need ...
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The smallest crossword

I heard Martin Gardner in one of his books presented a crossword, which looks like 3x3 square. Could you help me to find it? Also, have been there a smaller crossword puzzle created?
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Largest crossword puzzles without blanks or blockers

How big a crossword puzzle can you make without using any blank squares? Only the solution is required, not the clues. Here is a 6x6 example, the solution to a recent puzzle by @Avon. A B A S E S B ...
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A Sea O' Letters

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Super High School Level Crossword

Note: This crossword contains objectively more references to Japanese popular media than necessary. Does that fill you with despair? Upupupu... Clues ...
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Jane Austen

Each answer is the title of a famous novel. A few of the titles are split into two clues - you should find those clearly marked. Across 3 Think of the Phoenician, a possible drench, bleached ...
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A Letter: When Sherlock meets Moriarty

After the flight, I returned to my flat, 221b, Baker Street. I knew that Moriarty was at my place. There were some muddy footprints outside my room. But not just a single person, 2 or 3 people. I ...
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Cryptic Five-words (-----|||||)

Inspired by Aggie Kidd's redux of the original "Four-words" puzzle by Prem, I decided to create a similar "Five-words" puzzle. Some clues are intentionally somewhat vague and/or misleading, to keep ...
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The English Department

After walking through the computer science department, the tour entered the English department. The interior was very spartan, and the only thing I could see was a pinboard with the following items: ...
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Is reverse-engineering crossword puzzles a thing?

I was recently trying to recreate a crossword puzzle based off of a picture of half the puzzle and the answer key. I found it to be very enjoyable. Is this a thing? Is there anywhere that I can find ...
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Another Six-words (------||||||)

People call me crazy. I think perhaps I am I just seek justice and there is no other way I don't want to create chaos: quite the opposite. It is a voice chanting in my head. (Or do others hear ...
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An Italian-styled crossword puzzle

This new puzzle consists of a crossword. For those who don't know this is done using the Italian style (as opposed to US/UK), so two-letter words are allowed and defined. This crossword puzzle has a ...
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The Crossword from 240BC

Use the following clues to solve the crossword: Down 1. Loud emotional repetition 2. Commonly a Catholic praise hymn 3. <...
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Arsenic Based Life

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Down 1 Character in mario whose name does not match his species 2 Sebiora 3 Bread for a panini 4 Impolite way to say woman 5 ...
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Seven-words (-------|||||||)

Seven-words: My first is what the bully may show My second describes some spouses post-nuptials My third is when something is like something else My fourth are people who tell you what to pay ...
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Some four word puzzles (and possible bounty)

A four word puzzle (see this and this) is basically a 4x4 grid containing 4 4-letter words, and reads the same top to bottom or left to right. For example, ...
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Movies, movies, movies!

Each answer is the title of a well-known movie... ACROSS 4. Teardrop flows for a broken relationship (8) 6. Spin the hated frog, until brown (3,9) 9. Immediate disaster as Neb crewman’s sly weapon ...
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Your not so normal 'Who am I?'

This Who am I? Is a little more in depth, with a few puzzles to solve to get to the final answer. First let's start off with a short story riddle. From the story you should get two answers. One is 5 ...
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Crossword Clue for ERECS

I'm designing a crossword right now and am looking for a clue for the word "ERECS." It has appeared in a crossword before, but I'm not exactly sure about "ERECS" as "Sets up." Is there any chance "...
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A special word-play crossword

Vertical 1. I could be cash but a key buggered me. 3. Go spell! 4. Quiet! Not inside! 5. She was standing behind the arc. 6. A whole of 10.! 7. Apparantly, everyone needs reputation and food. ...
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Six-words (------||||||)

My 1st go at this (and first post here). I hope you like. This puzzle is degrading. There are plants (with ain) And the clues are quite obtuse. It is a smelly, meaty extrude of a puzzle: ...
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Cross-country words!

This is my first crossword, so I'd be grateful for any feedback. All the clues are names of countries. Across 6A. The loving start of Lady Jessica (6) 8A. Dock you, girl (8) 9A. Long Joanna (9) 10A. ...