Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
When you see the word partner in a clue it means that you are looking for 2 words that go together with AND in between.
It will look something like this...
____ and orange
orange and ______
This common phrase is used when people are talking about comparing two things that aren't really alike and can't be compared.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
That's what you should be thinking when you see these clues.
32 across Bitsy
3 down Couple
Make a list of all the ways you can say bitsy.
Here's my list. Any of them work with the clue above?
Now make a list for couple. Use thesaurus.com if you need help
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I love to do these crossword puzzles. The on-line program turns wrong answers red so I immediately know if I've made a wrong move. It helps me become a better solver to see where I've made mistakes and lets me fix them right away. Also the Kentucky Easy Crosswords always include Vocabulary Building Blocks that give a definition for one of the clue answers and an interesting Did You Know paragraph with more in depth information about a clue and answer. Since they also give you the answers, it's a good place to go if you need a little help getting started.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Here are a few of the rules.
1. Grids must have rotational symmetry. That means if you turn the puzzle upside down the pattern of black and white squares should look the same as it did right side up. Try it and see.
2. Don't use too many black squares. Fewer black squares means more words and longer words.
3. No unchecked words. That means every square should have a letter from an across answer AND a down answer.
Of course, sometimes the rules are broken to make interesting Grid Art. Check out this link to see some examples.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here are a couple clues I enjoyed. I got the answer by visualizing the situation. Try it for yourself and see if it helps you.
8 down Go from little to big
Picture a seed first it's a little seedling and then it's a big plant.
24 down Kebab sticks
Picture a shish-kebab in your mind. It's a long metal stick with chunks of meat or vegetables. What is the name for that long metal stick?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
1 down Guitar-slinging Guthrie
and you can read the previous post here.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I love to fly and here's one reason why -
The crossword puzzle in the airlines magazine.
This week I did the 2 crosswords in US Airways Magazine
Click on the link and give them a try. You will find the puzzles toward the bottom of the page.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This is a good, better, best clue. Other people call it a comparative (people like your teacher.)
It's comparing one or more things. When we say something is better, we mean it is better than something else. We can also say it's more of something compared to something else. For example, more rude, more happy, more mature. And still another way to say it is ruder, happier or maturer...Okay so maturer isn't a word but there is another word that means a person who has lived longer than someone else. At the very least, you should be able to guess the last two letters!
Friday, March 6, 2009
I'm going to give you an answer so if you haven't finished the puzzle yet turn back now. (But don't forget to come back later!)
26 across Print Measures
The answer is ENS.
I knew this answer right away because it is crosswordese. I've seen it in many puzzles before but I didn't know what it meant.
Time to look it up. Thanks to the internet I was able to learn that en (pronounced "N") is a measurement word for typography or the art of designing with words and letters. En is the amount of space that the lower case "n" takes up (which is half as much space as em!) Unlike inches, the size of ENS can change depending on the size of font you use.
n n n
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ok I had the first 3 letters of this clue. So I was thinking of birds that begin with the first letters LAR...the answer must be LARKS
Then I noticed something interesting about the clue. The second word in the clue is capitalized. Usually only the first word is capitalized. That means Bird is a proper noun or another way to put it ... It's someones name!
Do you know who this guy is? He played basketball for the Boston Celtics from 1979 -92. His last name is Bird and his first name is ..... Well, you have to figure that out for yourself!
photos from wikipedia
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
What do Poe, Shakespeare, and Keats have in common? They all wrote poetry (among other things.) So, when you see their names in a crossword clue it's a hint that the answer will be a poetry word.
Need more help? Check out this post.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Give a quick look over the clues. Do any jump out at you as no-brainers?
There are lots of names in this puzzle. I bet at least one is someone you know.
The only fill-in-the-blank is a puzzle person. If you paid attention in history class, you know this one.
11 across Robert E. ___
Maybe cartoons are more to your liking. He chases Bugs Bunny.
18 across Mr. Fudd
Or maybe your more into music
1 down Singer Dylan