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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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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Beating conservative at working in alien area: one liberal success to start with (3,1,4,5)

Struggling with this one. I know alien is normally ET and conservative is probably C or tory but can't figure out what the definition is. The letters I have so far are _ _ _ /O/_ I _ E / _ _ _ _ _ (...
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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 ...
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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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Free crossword construction programs

I am interested in producing "American style" crosswords and looking for a digital alternative to the graph paper I've been using. I've tried crossword eclipse but it seems to be more of a generator. ...
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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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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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It doesn't matter which way you go—so long as you get somewhere

One day in late November, Alice was talking to her adorable black kitten. She began, "Let’s pretend—” (and here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her ...
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Let's do some CAP (Cosmology, Astronomy and Physics)

ACROSS 5 God of agriculture 8 Time travel 14 Not in Australia... 16 A friend of mine and 800 suns 17 Still growing... 18 Proposed capital Lambda 19 56 + 36 + 3(0) DOWN 1 Nearest ...
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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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Find the word and became sea's lord

Find a word which by rearranging its letters, it contains: A city in Alaska A film where Chaplin's daughter performs A meteorical medical condition
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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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Call Me at This Number

Come play with me in chat if you know my word! ...
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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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Beginner's Cryptic Crossword

I've always been terrible at Cryptic Crosswords so I spent some time creating some clues of my own and have managed to fit them together to make a small Crossword of my own. Once solved, any issues ...
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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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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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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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Crossword puzzle clue Y's guys?

In the New York Times Tuesday October 14, 2008 crossword puzzle, 18 across, 4 letters, is "Y's guys?" and the answer is: It must be fairly obvious but I can't figure out what this means. The question ...
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Three mini-crosswords with maths/physics theme

Three mini-crosswords are presented below. There is a maths/physics theme to these puzzles. I am sure that they will be solved quite quickly and hints will not be required, but if anyone gets really ...
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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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I made a crossword for you guys

Here's the crossword: I call it "A Abuse"... You'll find out why. Made with a crossword maker lol
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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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Missing links in crossword

Feast, jelly, runner (4) circle, fancy, rehearsal (5) get, press, streets (5) house, singer, soap (5)
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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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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 ...