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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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R.H.P.C. crossword puzzle

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 I got a ticket to the Red Herring Puzzle Club in the middle of the street. There was just a guy giving them out, like some advertisement ...
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A crossword to appease all

(Click for full size) Across 1. Steal extremely experimental metal song or 26-across maybe (6) 4. "Wardrobes malfunctioned", most rang for short interval (8) 10. Future engineer edits New York, USA'...
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A crossword so simple, it practically solves itself

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... A Grid Some Clues There are three examples of this in the finished grid Two answers that touch a corner, in relation to 25A (D) Contained in the ...
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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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From crossword to confectionery

I made a crossword, but this is no normal crossword! Here's the grid: And here are the clues: ...
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A Sea O' Letters

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Who was the US president in [oh rubbish, I forgot the year]?

I've been trying to remember who was the US president in the yea- Oh... Oh god, which year was it again? Anyway, I wrote down a note to myself while I was sleepy last night. If anybody can help me ...
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Oh dear, I've got my puzzle all stuck to itself, please help!

Oh dear. It seems I've got myself in a spot of extremely circumstantial and convoluted bother again. I was building this quick puzzle for a Fun Friday session, but I seem to have got the ends stuck ...
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Pikurossword, or: Three-in-One

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36. [edit: i hope this wasn't too bad for my first puzzle here! let me know how i did :)] The answer to this puzzle should answer the question: ...
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Want to See My Crossword? Too Bad!

I had a wonderful crossword all prepared for you. But... you suck. >:(   So I'm just going to tell you about it. It was an 8-by-8 American-style grid with white and black squares, ...
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The answer is the same (tricky puzzle!)

Fill in the right words and the answer can be read across. Enjoy! Expensive Automatic Life Shrink Nadir Named Winter
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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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Who is the Greatest Classic Rock Band of All Time?

This is not a "normal" crossword, but the clues are pretty normal, i.e. they're not cryptic-clues. The words you put into the boxes, though, aren't the answers to the clues, they're just related. ...
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Do not cross the line!

Elliot and Terry used to be friends, until the fateful day when they played a round of that simple, unassuming game. Let’s just say that afterward there were no hugs and kisses to be found between the ...
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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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A Racing Heart!

This puzzle is about an athletic, hearty person. Therefore, there are 3 pieces of information hidden accordingly: For each clue, including trailing remarks such as "(2 words)", remove all numbers, ...
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Circular crossword

After solving the following crossword, you'll find five letters that stand out from the rest. Combine them to find the solution to this puzzle. Hint: it's something you'll need to succeed at this. ...
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Historical Crossword Puzzle

This is the first question for the new Fortnightly Topic Challenge #14: History. Clues: A fight near a place which was sung about 159 years later. A great man dies in a city where they can't build ...
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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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Signature Puzzle

Sad plotlines have a special place in this constructor's heart. Clues ...
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A Minesweeper Crossword

This is a Random thought that occurred to me. It consists of combining aspects of Minesweeper, Nonograms, and Crosswords together to create this rather interesting and, I believe, difficult puzzle. ...
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Cross Bird Puzzle

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Fun Friday: This puzzle does what NintenDONT

It's Friday, lunch is over, and why get back to work - when you can relax with a quick 5 minutes video game puzzle! Enjoy! Text Version
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Which word wasn't with Wednesday's …crossword

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... You sit down to breakfast this morning and open the paper. You had done the crossword from last Wednesday and the answers are supposed to be in here ...
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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 Amazing Sliding Crossword

Solve the crossword then slide the blocks to create another configuration with eight new words. Across 1. Lure 5. Before long 6. Frosted 7. Permit Down 1. Scold 2. Formerly 3. Frost, for ...
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Crossword quest? Crossword quest

It's been some time since I found the "Two brothers" server. They were quite prominent indie-game-devs back when people programmed on flash. Now the only sign of them is this preview on the long-...
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A letter from Mr. Pirate, Mr. Roller, and Mr. Knight

Though I don't think it will help, you may check with the beginning of my story concerning Red Herring Puzzle Club. It seems like it's been a long time since I tried to enter the R.H.P.C. As you may ...
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A journey… into the MIND

Across 1. Drench 6. Garland 7. Senior executive 8. Jack's fellow grumpy old man 9. Willy Wonka or the Mad Hatter 10. Chose between two pills 11. Iconic Dracula 12. Dissuade 13. West ...
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The Rotated Crossword

This rotated crossword works just the same as a regular crossword. Only exception being that, after you've found the solution to a clue, you don't put this word directly into the grid. Instead, you ...
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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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Regex crossword (sudoku?)

I can't believe this old-but-gold piece hasn't been shared here. It's a regex crossword puzzle! Here's a nicely printable PDF. Kudos for this one goes to a competition held by MIT in 2013. The ...
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Hidden Words in squares

I made up this puzzle, so if you are only keen on answering standard puzzles, I am sorry, I thought its been a dull day for questions so I made up my own Here is a 7 x 7 squares image with 7 8 letter ...
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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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Gladys goes shopping

This puzzle is part 22 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Emoji crossword

As part of celebration for reaching a score of 1000, I have decided to start making puzzles from now on. Now, I know this is not a very hard puzzle. I will start off making some simple puzzles, then ...
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Devoted to high culture

This puzzle is part 4 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Intersecting Universes

The answer to this crossword is a pair of separate but thematically related video games which have or had releases this year. Clues ...
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What are the conventions telegraphing when answers are abbreviated in New York Times crosswords?

There are a number of conventions you can count on fairly consistently in the New York Times crossword. One is that abbreviated answers are "signaled" somehow - an answer that is an acronym/...
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Not your typical crossword

Across 5. a joke of grand scale 6. drugged sea 7. very friendly walker 8. slithering gift 10. give parts of songs Down 1. sneaky carrier 2. most difficult dislike 3. violent injury ...
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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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The 7-numbers crossword

This crossword doesn't have any regular clues, however, all the words are made with the same 7 letters (each of them got a number). No automatic solvers are allowed. CSV version: ...
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Chess problem: Make a crossword in 3 moves

A crossword position is a legal chess position with the following property: The board can be thought of as a crossword grid where the pieces on board work as clues. Each type of piece is a clue for ...
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Another cryptic Five-word (with a twist)

My last Five-words puzzle seemed well-received, so I thought I'd try another. This one has a bit of a twist to it, which shouldn't be too hard to figure out. I expect it will be easier to solve ...
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Cross-number puzzle

ACROSS: A. a square C. a multiple of N Across E. (C Down) $\times$ (I Across) G. a square root of A Down I. a square root of D Down J. (J Across) $\times$ (K Across) = (F Down) $\times$ (M Down) ...
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Crossword gone overboard

This puzzle is part 24 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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To Be Continued

Constructor's Note: This crossword was constructed to celebrate a work that will be continued. Clues ...
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T-Rex goes cooking

This puzzle is part 3 of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you're new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: "Introducing Gladys". Dear Puzzling, Today I visited an ...
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Practical Nonsense

Here's an enigmatic puzzle I created. The answer will be one word. I don't understand these symbols, but hey, at least they work!
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Cryptic Crossword #4: Build Your Own Crossword

Note: This isn't an ordinary cryptic crossword, but it's certainly cryptic, and it's certainly a crossword, so I've adorned it with the title anyways. Across 1. A fishy complaint,    &...