Thursday, July 31, 2008
49 across Huge
(Penny Press Nice and Easy Crosswords, June 2008, puzzle #16)
Possible answers (Other words that mean huge)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As you can see from the picture, EMUs look alot like Ostriches. That's because they are related. Just like the Ostrich, EMUs can't fly and they get very big, over 6 feet tall! EMUs are from Australia.
Here are some clues for EMU
33 across Ostrich Kin
(PennyPress Crossword Express, vol. 117, puzzle #2)
4 across Grounded bird
(PennyPress Nice and Easy Crosswords, June 2008, puzzle #1 )
46 across Big bird of the outback
(NYT, June 18, 2007, by Randall J. Hartman, edited by Will Shortz)
And that ends this edition of Get a Clue EMU!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
40 across ____ and cheese (pasta dish, for short)
(Trivial Pursuit for Kids Crosswords, by Trip Payne, page 74)
18 across Zucchini, for one
(Dell All Easy Crosswords, July 2008, puzzle #11)
40 across Thick breakfast cake
(Dell Puzzle Lovers Easy Crosswords, puzzle#20)
Monday, July 28, 2008
One blog I like to read is all about the New York Times Crossword puzzle. It's called Ryan and Brian do Crosswords. Their posts are about that day's NYT Crossword. They give away lots of answers so it's best to do the puzzle first and then read their review. They talk about how much they liked the puzzle or certain clues. They talk about how hard it was or if they had to google for any answers. They also have a weekly podcast where they talk some more about the NYT Crossword puzzle. The blog and podcasts are funny and informative.
Reading this blog helps me understand some of the clues that were tricky or about things I didn't know. It helps me become a better Solver next time. (like watching the game films after the football game.)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
25 down Fifi's farewell
(PennyPress Nice and Easy, June 2008, puzzle #35)
The first thing you need to do is figure out what language. The hint here is the name Fifi. Where do you think someone named Fifi lives? Mexico? Germany? Japan? I'm thinking France.
Next, what language do they speak in France? You say, "French, of course!" And you would be right.
So, here comes the tricky part... How do you say farewell in French? If you know, then you know the answer to today's clue. If not, try this link to google translations.
(PennyPress Nice and Easy, June 2008, puzzle #35)
Here's a hint for you - when you see a clue like the one above you should think good, better, best.
It's not far down..... which would be deep
It's not farther down.... which would be deeper
It's the farthest down..... I can't give you this one but I bet you know the answer!
Friday, July 25, 2008
6 down Pennsylvania's northwesternmost county
(New York Times, July 17, 2008, by Elizabeth A. Long, edited by Will Shortz)
12 across A great lake
(Dell All Easy Crosswords, July 2008, puzzle #1)
35 across Canal of song
(Penny Press Easy Crossword Express, vol. 117, puzzle #55)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
For instance, you can sit and read inside an ELL, which is the part of a building that sticks out from the main part and looks like a big letter L, but reading inside of an EEL is dark and gets the pages all slimy.
Or you can enjoy a nice EEL meal which is good for your complexion but eating an ELL will definitely give you a tummy ache.
Here are some clues for the answer ELL
36 across Building wing
55 down Building shape
(PennyPress Crossword Express, vol. 117, puzzle #1)
4 across Angled annex
(Kappa The Original Easy Crosswords Double Issue, volume 73)
for some EEL clues check out the post on May 29.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Let me tell you a little about ARLO so when you see a clue in a crossword puzzle that refers to him, you will know it right away.
ARLO is a folk singer and activist who hit the big time in 1967 with his song Alice's Restaurant Massacree. He is also known for his version of the song City of New Orleans.
He's the son of famous singer, writer and activist Woody Guthrie. Woody wrote the song This Land is Your Land. I bet you learned that one in school.
Most clues refer to ARLO's style of music -
33 down Guthrie of song
(Universal crossword, Gear Heads, by Hank Banks, edited by Timothy Parker)
16 across Folkie Guthrie
(NYT, 1-8-07, Harriet Clifton, edited by Will Shortz)
Some refer to the songs ARLO sang -
55 down Guthrie who sang about Alice
(NYT, 6-5-07, Barry C. Silk, edited by Will Shortz)
And Sometimes the clues refer to ARLO's famous father
117 down Woody's son
(NYT, 9-7-03, Alan Arbesfeld, edited by Will Shortz)
Now you know about puzzle person, ARLO Guthrie!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
It's kinda like doing the puzzle in reverse. Give it a try. I'll give you the answer first, starting with 1 letter. Each clue will give you another letter. See if you can guess the word before the final letter is revealed. The last box is the clue.
How did you do? How soon did you figure out it was 2 words?
Keep practicing everyday!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
34 across TV's Vigoda
(Dell Easy Crossword Collection, June 15, 2008, puzzle #5)
49 across Honest _____ (President Lincoln's nickname)
(Trivial Pursuit for Kids Crosswords, Trip Payne, p.75)
61 down Bart Simpson's Grandpa
(New York Times, October 6, 2007, Quigley and Quarfoot, edited by Will Shortz)
Friday, July 18, 2008
(Kappa The Original Easy Crosswords Double Issue, vol. 73)
If you didn't guess it from the title, today's answer is a roman numeral. How did I know this? Because the clue refers to Julius Caesar, an important general and leader in ancient Rome. So, I had to think if Caesar (or any ancient Roman) was going to write a number 8, how would he do it? Roman numerals, of course!
It wouldn't be much fun if the Constructor just came out and said, "write a Roman Numeral 8 for 22 across."
Forgot how to write your Roman Numerals? Click here for a list.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
If you can figure out the theme it can give you an extra clue to find the answer.
Here are 3 themed clues from Universal Crossword, Proper Setting, by Dennis Halmet, edited by Timothy Parker.
Think about the title and what the theme might be. Try to solve one of the clues, this will help you figure out the theme and solve the other two clues. Under each clue I will give you a hint that includes the theme word. One last hint before you get started all of the answers are multi- word phrases.
17 across Not accountable
38 across Political position
59 across In custody
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Crossword Constructors ultimately want you to solve their puzzles. Afterall, you wouldn't keep doing their puzzles if you couldn't solve them. But they don't want you to do it too easily, either. Then the puzzle would be too boring and no fun. So, they make up clever clues. Clues that lead you away from the real answers.
Try today's Clever Clue from Universal Crossword, Fishy Business, by Alice Walker, edited by Timothy Parker. Remember Ms. Walker wants to try to trick you and lead you away from the real answer. Be on the look out!
66 across You may make your own at the bar
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
You can do the puzzle, too, and you don't even have to buy an airplane ticket. The latest crossword puzzle is posted on the US Airways Magazine website .
It's not exactly a beginner puzzle but it usually has a fun theme and some interesting clues. Give it a try. Doing harder puzzles will help you build your crossword muscles!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
1 across Hit
(Penny Press Easy Crossword Express, volume 117)
Make a list of other words that mean hit. You can use a thesaurus to help you.
Here's a few words to get you started -
PS - the answer is not one of the words listed above.
Friday, July 11, 2008
(Universal Crossword, Proper Setting, By Dennis Halmet, edited by Timothy Parker)
What can we tell about the answer from the clue?
1. We know it's an abbreviation. How do we know that? The words "for short" clues us in.
2. We also know that the answer is a plural because the clue is a plural.
So, what's another word for Winnebago that only has two letters? (We know the last letter is S.)
Check your answer by clicking on the answer box above.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Try a few clues from the June 30, 2008 TV Guide Crossword, puzzle #1007
34 down Walker, Texas _____
52 across Roberts of Heroes
5 down A Brady sister
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It's kinda like doing the puzzle in reverse. Give it a try. I'll give you the answer first, starting with 1 letter. Each hint will give you another letter. See if you can guess the word before the final letter is revealed. The last box is the clue.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
ENOS is the grandson of Adam. Yes, that Adam, the one who lived in EDEN with EVE.
He was the son of Seth, and the father of Kenan, also.
Here are 2 clues for ENOS
19 down Genesis name
(Universal Crossword, Meal Time, by Andre Clarkson, edited by Timothy Parker)
64 across First-family grandson
(Universal Crossword, Adorable, by Henry Quarters, edited by Timothy Parker)
This last clue is a little tricky. You might think it refers to the first family in the Whitehouse (the First Lady et. al.) but it means the first family ever. Always be on the look out for alternate meanings.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
This puzzle has 2 fun 4th of July theme entries that run diagonal in the grid. As soon as you have some answers filled in, try to figure out the theme entries.
It's a hard puzzle so why not ask the whole family for help. Everyone can join in on the fun.
Enjoy and have a great holiday!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Here's an example -
35 down More delicious
(Dell All Easy Crosswords, July 2008, puzzle #1)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
10 down Orchid Necklace
(Penny Press Easy Crossword Express, v. 117, puzzle #1)
52 across Flower garland
(Dell All Easy Crosswords, Jully 2008, puzzle #1)