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.

A crossword is a word puzzle that normally takes the form of a square or a rectangular grid of white and black shaded squares. The goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues which lead to the answers.

  • Indirect clues: many crossword puzzles feature clues involving wordplay which are to be taken metaphorically or in some sense other than their literal meaning, requiring some form of lateral thinking. For instance, "half a dance" could clue CAN (half of CANCAN) or CHA (half of CHACHA).

  • Cryptic crosswords (with their own tag , and for clues not assembled into crosswords) feature clues that are puzzles themselves (like anagrams, charades, double definitions, hidden words, homophones, reversals, spoonerisms).

  • Fill-in crosswords (also known as cruzadex) feature a grid and the full list of words to be entered in that grid, but do not give explicit clues for where each word goes. The challenge is figuring out how to integrate the list of words together within the grid so that all intersections of words are valid.