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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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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The Royal Affair

This is a Normal Crossword. For the final answer, you will need to give me something that completes the "pattern". The pattern is for you to find out. And finally, I have given you the grid but no ...
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Signature Puzzle

Sad plotlines have a special place in this constructor's heart. Clues ...
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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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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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Animeta: One True Pairing

This is a crossword with an anime-themed meta. Which soft drink would complete the theme? 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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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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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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A Big Crossword Development

A big crossword development exists, for Gerbil has indeed journeyed knowingly long, may now openly present, quickly, really strange tales under very weird xeric young zips... $1$ is simply the ...
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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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A medium length crossword

Across 2. weird 3. enchanted 6. thickened 9. short sighted 12. empty, open, or void 14. to pawn something 16. shady 17. feeling melancholy 18. poem of praise 19. relating to the ...
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How many 5+ letter words can you find?

NYT does a word hive in every Sunday edition, and I quite enjoy it, so I decided to make my own, using the same rules. Check it out: If you're unfamiliar, here are the rules. You may only use the ...
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Complete 3-by-5 Crossword Puzzle

Looking for a grid with five letters horizontally, three words vertically, and eight words in total. All 8 words must be easy words; it must not be necessary to check the dictionary. I tried the ...
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Kabira Crosswords: A MtG Crossword

I wanted to post a second MtG puzzle that's a bit more lighthearted and different than the usual challenges. Rules knowledge isn't required here, just card knowledge. And I made sure to use cards that ...
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Find the 6-letter word hidden in the crossword

Every clue below is for a 4-letter word. Put them to the crossword. The words must be read inward (from outside to inside the star). Some clues are cryptic, and some not. A letter is put there as ...
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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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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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Help my girlfriend in finding the hidden message

I've been with my girlfriend, who's birth date is 20 February, for almost three years now. I would like to hand her a challenge with a crossword puzzle. (not really a crossword I think, but something ...
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A Sea O' Letters

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Listing of New York Times celebrity crosswords?

The New York Times crossword for Friday May 12 was co-authored by Bill Clinton, as part of an ongoing series of celebrity crosswords. Actor Jesse Eisenberg did one too. Is there a way to get a list ...
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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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Spring edition? (5) - cryptic crossword clue explanation

I'm just solving a cryptic crossword and had the clue... Spring edition? (5) With the letters... _ S _ _ _ I guessed it was ISSUE and upon checking on ...
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Challenge : Create a star shaped crosswords (Smaller numbers of distinct letters wins !)

Rules: Create a star-shaped crossword using 6 letters English words. Clues for the crossword is not needed. Use common English words. Direction for diagonals is TOP to DOWN. Direction for Horizontal ...
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Star Crossword, and anagrams

Rules: The star is from 5 straight lines, each line for 1 word. The 2 double circles have same letter. The 2 dashed circles have same letter. The direction is Top-Down. For horizontal line is Left-...
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1 crossword and 2 connected alphametic (more clues)

Rules : Solve the Crossword. The words can be written backward (example zebra -> arbez) After finishing the crossword, solve the alphametics. The crossword is only uses 10 letters. Each letter ...
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Crossed Words Puzzle

This is a small puzzle, I don't think it should be too hard and it doesn't have a "final answer" word or phrase. I made this in response to a challenge that my friend who first showed me this site ...
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A Numbers Crossword

This is just a straightforward crossword puzzle. Every answer is some positive integer. To make it a bit more interesting I have withheld the clue for H5. Use the fact that with the clue for H5 the ...
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Crossedwords and ciphers and riddles oh joy!

Nothing too special, a crossword to complete, with some layers beneath. All you'll need lies within the puzzle. Cross-words are cool aren't they? Click on it to enlarge image. Normally you'd ...
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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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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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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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Two words crossing

         34 white squares to be filled with a letter each
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Crossword Clues for DRAWI and TAKEF

I'm designing a crossword right now and am looking for clues for the answers DRAWI and TAKEF. I've been thinking each answer ...
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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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Triptych of Animal Cryptics

Here is a triptych of miniature cryptics for the animal lover in you. 1. Across 3. Slowpoke slain gruesomely (5) 4. Humpback turned up fourth of whales (5) Down 1. Gang of weasels tiptoe (...
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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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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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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 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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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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A crossword with a single clue #2

I have prepared you a new crossword with numbers. The words include: English words, phrases, proper names, abbreviations that could be found online. In blue: Reversed luminous plasma likes dark ...
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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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A crossword with a single clue

In green (1 to 5): Amusing key glues crazy. (5) Here is also a text version of the table, if anyone needs it: ...
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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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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 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 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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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. ...