It’s really a judgment call, but it makes solvers hyper-aware of their own familiarity with other languages.
Matt Gaffney has been a professional crossword puzzle writer for the past 21 years. He currently writes for the Daily Beast, New York, the Wall Street Journal, and the Week, and his puzzles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Billboard, Wine Spectator, and the Onion. He has also written a weekly contest crossword since 2008 at www.xwordcontest.com, plus 29 books of crosswords, as well as the 2006 narrative book Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them. He lives in Staunton, Virginia, with his wife and son.
It’s a simple trick that’s used to stump puzzle solvers. Did it get you this week?
There are some all-time favorites while some have disappeared in the world and on the grid.
Being masterful about clues and answers isn’t the only fun part of building crossword puzzles. Here’s how I zoom out and look at the grid itself.
It’s a great lesson in how crossword puzzle themes come to be, and can help you in solving your next grid.
Remember, there are often multiple meanings for a clue, which ups the challenge even more.
The Daily Beast crossword puzzle constructor explains why there aren’t many celebrity names like his on the grid.
No, we don’t mean the blank grid squares – that’s too obvious. Start with fill-in-the-blank clues because they might just be the most intuitive ones to solve in the puzzle.
No full-name credit for sneaking CARDI B or KENNY G into a puzzle.
Our grid may be on the smaller side, but that doesn’t mean we don’t pack it with a bunch of fun six-letter surprises.