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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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,    &...
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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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3D Crossword, Cryptic, Statue View & Maze

The following image depicts the layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. Using 3-dimensional thinking, can you find the way out of the cube? Empty version with no crossword numbers Empty version ...
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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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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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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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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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A Pure Crossword Minicube

This puzzle was made as requested by EKons, here. So, enjoy this three-dimensional realistic sensation!
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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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Gladys spins the wheel

This puzzle is part 5 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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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 ...
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Help me remember

I seem to be getting more forgetful these days. Today I can't remember my password to my super-secret Puzzling sock-puppet account. I know I did that thing where you use the first letters of words of ...
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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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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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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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RELATIONS: Introducing the Sudokross

Behold my sudokross!                           Similar to sudoku, the objective is to fill every row and every column with the ...
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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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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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X-shaped crossword

Across 1. Having very bad taste 4. English elite school 8. Shiraz's country 9. Russian car 10. Body part or storage device 12. "Pas" in faux pas 13. Mall customer 15. Baseballer Gehrig ...
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Cryptic Crossword #1: The Inauguration

Calling all puzzlers! I've made my very own cryptic crossword, especially for you! Good luck, have fun, and happy solving. Across 1. Not-all-there sibling touches bit of leg in lewd locale (7) 5. ...
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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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Gladys visits a campus

This puzzle is part 9 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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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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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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Cryptic clue: Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)

I'm newbie to cryptic crosswords and I'm a bit lost as to how "abolish" is the answer to the clue "Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)."
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Cross-Numbers (not words)!

Can you solve this Crossword (Cross-numbers) with numbers from the given pictures ? ACROSS DOWN
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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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Eight-words (--------||||||||) +1

Eight-words: (+1) My first is a move in (American) football that will never score you points My second is like the shaft within a flagellum My third is really two words and surrounds the feline'...
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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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…And they were stumped for a long time

This puzzle is part 16 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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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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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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A CrossNumber puzzle with a twist

Here's an interesting puzzle which I discovered the solution to yesterday. The eleven grid entries in increasing order are $A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K$, and you are given the following hints. ...
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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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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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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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Fieldwork ahead

This puzzle is part 11 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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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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Regarding a crossword

Down any of bcbbbccccbc ccbcbcccbcbcca ba ccca ...
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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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Crossnumber puzzle

This is a numeric crossword: all the answers are positive numbers with no leading zeroes. Each clue is given as a sequence of mathematical operations on letters, each of which represents a distinct ...