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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To Be Continued

Constructor's Note: This crossword was constructed to celebrate a work that will be continued. Clues ...
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Five letter words at cross purposes

Please solve the four clues, each is five letters, which would complete the crossword. Across Take away my first letter I sound the same, then take away my last letter I sound the same, even take ...
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A simple crossword

Right: A2. Moving through water M10. Usually consists of sand and pebbles I8. Yes H6. Mythical sea monster L9. A fish F14. A praising poem H13. The largest constellation A14. A treasure hunter of ...
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Two words crossing

         34 white squares to be filled with a letter each
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Crosswordus archibaldii

Solve the clues and place the answers into the grid to find a final one-word answer. Mepyceroѕ aelampus Рymaliscus dagargus Lumaliscus danatus jimela Grilvicapra symmia ...
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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,    &...
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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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Submitting a puzzle to the NYT

Before I expire I'm hoping to get a crossword puzzle published in the NYT. I've submitted more than a dozen now but they have all been declined. In some cases there were comments returned ("We don't ...
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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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Cryptic Crossword #3: Words on Wheels

Calling all puzzlers! Bailey M is back with Cryptic Crossword #3. Good luck, and enjoy! Across 1. Finished sculpture is a total letdown (8,4) 8. Exist as god of secret material (3) 9. Rhetorical ...
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Crossword: My favourite puzzlers

Who are two of my favourite puzzlers on Puzzling.SE? Complete the crossword below to find out. A complete answer will provide the names of two of my favourite puzzlers on Puzzling.SE as well as the ...
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Crossword with a hidden clue

The answers to the clues will fit in the grid. Taken together, the answers hide one final clue. Born on Halloween Spirit board Hamelin vermin Republic of China Story Queequeg's tool Resound? ...
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Cryptic Crossword with Missing LUGs

Inspired by jafe's Cryptic with missing capitals and Tzu Li's Tokyo Metro puzzle: Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different London Underground Station As jafe has noted in ...
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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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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 ...