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Thread: How to Design a Crossword

  1. #1
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    Dec 2011

    Default How to Design a Crossword


    Designing a crossword puzzle can be as entertaining and enjoyable as completing one. If you have a love of language, either as a hobby or as a component of a career, creating a number of stimulating puzzles can be an interesting activity. A great aspect of designing your own crosswords is that you can choose your own theme and be as creative as you wish in terms of selecting words and generating clues. It is possible to design your own selection on paper, or on a PC with an application such as Excel. Just make sure that you create puzzles that are interesting, but also hard enough to keep a challenger busy.
    If you plan to put together crosswords the old fashioned way, to make the task easier you should use some graph paper. Using a ruler and a black pen, draw an outline of the puzzle approximately twenty squares high and wide.
    Next, you should compile a list of words to use. It can be interesting if these all have a similar theme, for example, current affairs, history, or food and drink. If you are designing puzzles to use in a classroom, you should choose vocabulary that you are trying to get your students to learn. Always ensure that your words are spelled correctly, keep in mind that there are differences between US and British English.
    Starting in the top left corner, write a web of words inside the box, remembering that they should all be connected to one another. The goal would be to try and add as many of your chosen words as possible, it can be useful to write them in with pencil at first, just in case you make a mistake. Try and get the words to interconnect as much as possible, trial and error is normal on the first few attempts.
    Once you have entered as many words as space permits, you will be left with a number of blank squares where no words have been placed. These empty spaces should be blacked out with your pen, creating the appearance of the type of crossword that is commonly found in newspapers around the world.
    The next task is to add a small number in the top left corner of each word's first letter. These numbers should be in a logical order going from left to right and down to the bottom of the puzzle. If two words, one vertical and one horizontal, have the same starting letter, this should be given only one number.
    Once the placement and numbering of words is complete, you will then need to think up clues. Write down the list of numbers, and then consider what hints you can give that would allow a contender to work out what words need to be input. Always consider the corpus and vocabulary of the potential user, make the clues straightforward but not obvious.
    The final stage would be to draw another crossword box, but this time only fill it with the numbers and darkened squares. The puzzle is now ready to be used.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011


    The Crossword puzzle maker is used to make simple crossword puzzles. It turns out that good crossword puzzles of the type found in newspapers are fairly hard to generate, and require a pool of lots of words, not all of which are used. This program puts all of the words you specify (no more, no less) into a simple crossword puzzle.
    and thanks for your sharing.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2014
    dilshad garden, delhi


    For cross word you can use some mathematics puzzle. I think you should search it online

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