Crossword Help Online : Benefits of having good crossword reference tools



WELCOME TO PUZZLES-ONLINE-NICHE



It is vital to have excellent resources or references for getting crossword help online.

Such tools are not a crutch or cheating, but merely a set of aids to enable us to achieve

our goals of solving the puzzle.

To quote Will Shortz, ( prominent editor of the New York Times Crossword puzzle) :


A question I am asked often is this: "Is it cheating to use references?"

In reply I always quote Will Weng, one of my predecessors as Times

crossword editor: "It's your puzzle. Solve it any way you want."


So there you have it, use your resources and solve it any which way you

possibly can!!

Below we have included some excellent references and resources that will definitely assist

you; because anyone from the novice to the expert can benefit from having on hand

these powerful crossword solving tools.

Included in the links section we have common crossword abbreviations, an excellent

crossword Reference dictionary( with over two million words), reverse abbreviations,

( another great online resource ), an interesting little poem we came across a while

back from the American Crossword tournament, and also more from Will Shortz,

including an article and a link to his website.


  • FOR BEGINNERS

Great news!

We have just added a new page for beginners ( discusses crossword construction

and also includes helpful strategies , tips, and hints).

It is beneficial for any new cruciverbalists to review that page here.


  • CROSSWORD HELP

To begin with we provide a brief review of roman numerals which is great for crossword

help online; followed by the link section that also has some beneficial resources, that no

crossword solver, or cruciverbalist should be without.


At the bottom of the page we also have our open forum for your

suggestions/comments/ideas

for your own crossword help online tips, strategies, etc.

Please feel free to contribute, this is after all OUR Niche!



Roman Numerals-QUICK REFERENCE

Standard Roman numerals run from 1 to 3999, or I to MMMLXXXIX.

The first ten Roman numerals are:

The following table shows the numerals commonly used in crossword puzzles.

Symbol

I

V

X

L

C

D

M

VALUE

1 (one) (unus)

5 (five) (quinque)

10 (ten) (decem)

50 (fifty) (quinquaginta)

100 (one hundred) (centum)

500 (five hundred) (quingenti)

1,000 (one thousand) (mille)

For numerals representing values equal to or greater than 4000, a line is placed above the numeral.

LINK SECTION:

Common Words & Phrases(PDF)

Use the above resource to find some of the most common words and phrases used in crosswords.


Crossword Abbreviations(A-Z) A wikipedia article which has a very good list of the most common abbreviations, from A to Z.

Reverse Abbreviations Though used primarily for cryptic solvers, We have included it as an additional resource.

ODE to 'CROSSWORDESE' A neat little poem which reveals some rare clues and answers from 2005 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (Home Page).The nation's oldest and largest crossword competition.Very interesting web site.


How to Solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

By WILL SHORTZ, Published: April 8, 2001. A very insightful and informative article.

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