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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Two words crossing

         34 white squares to be filled with a letter each
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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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The words go marching round and round

Here's another variety crossword type: Marching Bands Rules Words march across each line. Each line has 2 words of variable length. The two words will fill up the whole line. Line 6's words are 5 ...
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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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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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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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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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(Indonesian) Fill-In Puzzle

I made this seasonal puzzle to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia. So actually there are four thematic hidden phrases that can be found after solving the puzzle. But because they are ...
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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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World's smallest puzzle

I reproduce here the "world's smallest puzzle" - a crossword etched onto the head of a pin - purportedly created by one Allan Boardman, taken from a YouTube video, and to which I don't know ...
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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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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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Cryptic Crossword?

You pick up a discarded newspaper, hoping to satiate your need for puzzles with a cryptic crossword. But as you turn to the page, you feel something is awry – perhaps some elision? Across 3. $F_6,F_7,...
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For the price of one

This puzzle is part 12 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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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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A themeless noncryptic

ACROSS 1. Go away 4. Planned major port on the Pacific coast 6. Overreactive 9. 1940s escape routes from Europe 10. NEXT, for example 11. Olympiad champion 12. Vow 14. A Scottish Monday 16. Pinnacle ...
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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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Applied crossword solving

Across 6 It's applied to the Down answers 9 An expression of mild surprise 11 Gas station fixture 12 Measure of file size 13 Eastman invention 14 A Kansan woman 16 Not bespoke Down 1 It's applied to ...
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A crossword with a single clue

Each number corresponds to a distinct letter. There are some non-words, such as names of things: people, gods, places, etc. Can you reconstruct the crossword? In green (1 to 5): Amusing key glues ...
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The Cryptic Cat strikes again! (2 Marching Bands)

Conversation with the Cryptic Cat after my last crossword: Cat: WHERE WERE THE CRYPTIC CLUES Me: Calm down! I just wanted to make a normal- Cat: Normal? What’s the point of a normal crossword? ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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A Tribute to Psych

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids The following is a 4x5 grid: Within the grid, there are 13 words laid out in the following way: The words may go forwards or ...
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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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Love-ins? A capital idea for a cryptic crossword

Across 1 Moves mass across surface of Earth 3 Carrot top inserted in faithless can for escapades 6 Empire head removed in revolution 10 Blurred as at end of day, perhaps start of it 11 A food riddled ...
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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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On The Subject of Black Holes

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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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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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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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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This Vehicle Needs Real Fuel!

I just got a brand new, fancy car! The problem is that it keeps telling me it needs REAL FUEL to function! I took a look inside the tank between both of the "Real Fuel Drums" and both of the "Gas-to-...
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AnaCross: A crossword made of anagrams

This is a new type of puzzle I've devised: the AnaCross. Nothing new under the sun and all, I'm sure someone has made one before, but I've never seen it. The rules are pretty simple. At the end of ...
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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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Crossword, but math!

This kind of puzzle is from my mom's puzzle magazines. There it is called Figure Logic. It is essentially a crossword, but with math. In crosswords, all words must be real words. In Figure Logic, no ...
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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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Around the Bend

I saw this crossword type in a book and decided to make one. It's called an around-the-bend because each word goes... around the bend. I have both the board and the clues as a text file, but I have no ...
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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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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 ...
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Uncle Nestor's travel crossword

Uncle Nestor is a renowned global traveller, and can never stay focused on the one thing for too long. In an attempt to pass the time through the current global travel restrictions, Nestor thought it ...
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Changing the system

Solve the clues, fit them into the crossword grid, and discover (via the shaded and circled cells) a 9-letter pun. Use this and the answers you have found to explain what's going on here! Clues: ...
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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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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 ...