Questions tagged [crosswords]

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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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A few Four Word Puzzles, and a Five Word Challenge

After (rather quickly) solving the puzzles found in this link, I decided to make a few of my own (along with my little sister helping make one). The following is a quote how ghosts_in_the_code ...
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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 Taunting Hitman

I am a detective with the metropolitan police and I need your help. See we've been tracking a contract killer for a couple of months now and last week, we raided an old safe house after a tipoff he ...
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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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Another Six-words (------||||||)

People call me crazy. I think perhaps I am I just seek justice and there is no other way I don't want to create chaos: quite the opposite. It is a voice chanting in my head. (Or do others hear ...
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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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Just a Simple Number Crossword

I made a small number crossword for my mathletes club that I thought I'd share. It's not too hard, I think it's just right for a coffee break. Have fun! (Edit: No answer has a leading zero)
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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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Concordant Crossword: A MtG crossword

Enjoy this relatively easy Mtg themed crossword. All entries are card names (punctuation and spaces removed but otherwise preserved). Yes some of them are going to be hard to get in a vacuum, but fill ...
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What is a good/standard list of “simple English words” suitable for puzzling?

Suppose I'm trying to computer-solve a puzzle, or computer-create a puzzle, where "every word in the whatever is a common English word." For example, intuitively, ...
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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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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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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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Crossword Puzzles: What is this crossword type?

I found these rules for a crossword, but I don't know what type it is. Can anyone help me? The rules: The words are given and you're asked to place them on the grid! The grid and the list of ...
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How do people decide which words to use in crossword puzzles?

I've tried my hand at creating a crossword a few times, but generally there have been way too many interlinks between words for me to create even a solution grid with any ease. Often I get about a ...
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Scripture and yachting

This puzzle is part 23 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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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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Cryptic Crossword #2: Stack-in-the-Box

I'm back with a second cryptic crossword. This one is smaller than my previous, yet also trickier, so hopefully it provides a fun challenge for a few of you! Across 1. Pass around venomous snakes (4)...
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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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Chinese Idiom Crossword Puzzle

Here's a crossword puzzle about Chinese idioms. Horrible Scream Hundred-year-man Scare-cry nature Big tree wind I'm so sad Ghost and God cry Hit ground and cry to sky Earth good ...
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The Crossword from 240BC

Use the following clues to solve the crossword: Down 1. Loud emotional repetition 2. Commonly a Catholic praise hymn 3. <...
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Where can I find diagramless fill-in puzzles?

From the answers that I got over here, I found out that the type of puzzle that I was looking for would be referred to as diagramless fill-in puzzle. (A cross of a diagramless crossword and a fill-in ...
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Good Crosswords [closed]

I'm looking for a good online crossword that I can do when I have breaks in my day. Since I'm a web designer, I want something that has a well designed website. Also, since I like to think I'm smart, ...
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Chinese Poem Crossword Puzzle

Hiii Here is a crossword puzzle about Poems! 1: Do you love me? 2: Mid-autumn barbecue 3: Ching Ming so many rain 4: Ghosts come from rain, Emperors come from clouds 5: I want to beat west 6: Eight ...
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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-Z Crossword Puzzle

Here is a puzzle made by a friend of mine that I’ve been staring at for a while: The crossword needs to be filled with the 26 letters of the alphabet, each letter can only only be used once and ...
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You'll Always Be My P2!

Constructor's note: This puzzle was constructed to celebrate a recent release. One thematic element is presented and used differently to the others. Clues ...
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Largest Complete Scrabble Block

Let's define a Complete Scrabble Block as an arrangement of Scrabble tiles such that: The four edges are all flat. All words are words. There is an order in which the tiles can be played in a game of ...
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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 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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On a puzzling spree

This puzzle is part 18 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 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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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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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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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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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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Six-words (------||||||)

My 1st go at this (and first post here). I hope you like. This puzzle is degrading. There are plants (with ain) And the clues are quite obtuse. It is a smelly, meaty extrude of a puzzle: ...
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What do you get when you mix a crossword and a sudoku?

For this CrosSudoku puzzle you must completely solve the sudoku grid below. To start the sudoku you must first figure out the crossword clues to get the starting numbers. Clue notation: x and y are ...
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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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Phrase for _CY_E

I'm working on creating a crossword puzzle and am unfortunately stuck with the combination ~CY~E (blank C Y blank E). Does anyone have any PC phrases or words that could fit that combination?
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Yet another Four-words (----||||)

Just had an idea on a new Four words question: (See the original for the solution format Four-words (----||||)): 1) I am a visual definition of myself when you had the answer 2) My position is kind ...
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Nelly rebelliously cheers Italian food

P?S??
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Cross between a crossword and sudoku. What's it called?

My wife is a big fan of crosswords. Years ago I ran across a book with an unusual puzzle that was basically a crossword mixed with sodoku. The center of the puzzle was an empty grid, perhaps 6x6, ...
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A Probably Pretty Badly Made Cryptic

I finally tried my hand at a cryptic crossword. I don't really have any experience with cryptic crosswords, or crosswords for that matter so I probably broke like 300 rules. For example, 17 down is ...
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Nobel novelists and Nigerian nations

Nobel novelist Baked bread Middle-Eastern marketplace Convicted comedian Female fowl Nigerian nation Sonny actor; actor Scott Liechtenstein locality Spanish she Cavalry creature ...
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A crossword puzzle

Here's a crossword puzzle. Can you solve it? CLUES ACROSS 2) Wolfram 5) Between stars 8) 333 - Cricket 10) Play and eat 11) 400 not out DOWN 1) The boy who got a watch from a comet 3) ...
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Largest word-square puzzle [duplicate]

What is the largest word-square puzzle known? Can you make a bigger one? Obviously, you must use more than four words, six or seven letter words would be really good. Using computers allowed, not ...
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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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Puzzle on encoding of a word [closed]

In a certain code, AFZALPUR is written as BCBGYVOS What is the code for FARIDKOT? As per my attempts so far, I cannot find a definite sequence of encoding. Both A and Z appear to be encoded to B, ...