Whether as an independent task or as something to solve in a group, there is a real feeling of gratification that comes with the completion of a crossword. The humble crossword has been around in some form since the 18th century, but it was the launch of the New York Times’ crossword in 1942 that truly brought this puzzle to an American audience.
Crosswords have since migrated onto the Internet, with players now able to access a range of variations on this classic form of puzzle. The mechanics of a crossword are straightforward enough, but they can be incredibly difficult to solve. Crosswords share many similarities with sudoku, another newspaper staple. They often seem doable at first, simply a case of filling in numbers or letters while following a few rules.
However, the puzzle can take a difficult turn out of nowhere. Often, this spurs people on to persist and complete the crossword. Leaving a puzzle unfinished can be a source of irritation, but coming through a sticky patch to find the correct solution can be a magical feeling. Here are a few crossword tips to help you find that feeling.
Start with the easy ones
With all crosswords, there will be some clues that you find more straightforward at first. Get those in immediately – don’t worry about working through the clues in numerical order! By getting your confident answers in first, it may help you to unlock solutions that you could have otherwise been unsure about. Sometimes, you can fill in enough of the easier clues that some of the harder words almost reveal themselves.
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