We would like to start at the beginning and take our readers through a brief
crossword learning tutorial.
A crossword is basically a word puzzle with a square or rectangular shaped grid
and blacked out spaces. (refer to the diagram below).
The primary goal or objective for any crossword game is to fill in the empty
squares with letters, building words both across and down , in response to
the numbered clues provided. ( The shaded squares act as breaks to
separate the words or phrases.) Squares in which answers begin are
usually numbered. The clues are then referred to by these numbers and a
direction, for example, "3-Across" or "15-Down".
At the end of the clue the total number of letters is sometimes given.
Some crosswords will also indicate the number of words in a given
answer. (Such as : A nickname ( 2 wrds). )
Here is a short list of crossword terminology which may further your
understanding and provide help with crossword puzzles.
Entries: the white spaces or cells where the answers are written.
Clues: The numbered clues , sometimes called definitions.
Checked: A white cell that has both across and down clues, also called keyed,
Constructors, compilers: Individuals who design the daily crosswords.
Below you will find additional help with crossword puzzles, including hints,
strategies and tips.
Hints, Strategies, Tips
Here we break down the types of clues most often used which should help with crossword puzzles solving.
Types of clues:
"Half a dance"could clue CAN (half of CANCAN)
or CHA (half of CHACHA).
"Start of spring"
could literally clue MAR (for March) but could also clue ESS (the spelled-out form of the starting letters).
Common Words and Phrases:
To further provide help with crossword puzzles attached below and viewable
in PDF format is a list of common crossword words and phrases, called
Crosswordese ( click here to view full article in wikiepedia )
Below is a chart for roman numerals, which are commonly used in crossword puzzles.
Standard Roman numerals run from 1 to 3999, or I to MMMLXXXIX.
The first ten Roman numerals are:
These resources will also be beneficial to your online crossword help: