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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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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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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Where can I find advanced crossword puzzles relating to specific themes, e.g. history?

Where can I find crossword puzzles with a specific theme, e.g. history, geography, etc. that are at a level suitable for an adult? I realize that something like history is a very general category, but ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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What do question marks mean in crossword clues?

In a crossword, some clues have a question mark at the end. Is there any way to tell what these question marks mean based on the puzzle? I.E. rhetorical, compound word, etc.?
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Clueless Alphabetical

Crosswords are harder when you don't know the clues. The solution can be found in the grey shaded boxes. (How many four letter words are there starting with Z, again?)
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Movie heroines!

My previous puzzle about movie titles was pretty well-received, so I've done another one. :) This time it's on the theme of movie heroines. The clues are in pairs, your task is to solve all of them ...
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Is there a rating system for crossword puzzles?

On searching the internet for difficult crossword puzzles I find that the New York Times is often mentioned. But is there a rating system? If so how does it work?
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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-ish crossword - contains some neologisms, all of them to be found in the OED

Across 3. Amphibian surmounts physicist (6) 4. Hilarious partner (3) 5. Spurn a guilty plea outside Aquidneck Island (8) 6. Performing a supersonic number in the head of an adult insect. (9) 7. ...
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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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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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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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Cryptic Clue - “One who will succeed with melody, we hear” Answer - “Heir”

obviously I understand the definition part "One who will succeed". But can someone tell me how the word play part works in this clue? "with melody, we hear"
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How common are non-words in crosswords?

Is it common to see non-words (like the homophone verticals in this answer) used in English crosswords? Ignoring abbr., initials, odd names, various symbols, "Xth and Yth letter", "middle of X" and ...

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