I have a box full of used puzzle magazines at home, and I love the challenge of trying completely new types of puzzles. I also enjoy making puzzles, some of which I’ll be showcasing here. Here’s my newest type of puzzle, entitled “Cross-Phrase”.
Unlike most crossword puzzles, which give you clues for each Across and Down entry, in this puzzle, each clue gives you the answer to either a two-word phrase or a compound word. Figure out the answer to a clue, break up the answer into its two natural parts, and place each part on the grid as shown in the clue. For example, if the clue was “1-A 2-D – Geyser in Yellowstone National Park”, the answer would be OLD FAITHFUL, so you’d put OLD at 1-Across and FAITHFUL at 2-Down.
Click the picture below to get a high-resolution version of the picture, then print it out on your home printer. To help with solving, the answers to the clues are in alphabetical order.
Having trouble? Read the rest of this blog entry… a solving hint and the solution will be right there for you.
SOLVING HINT: The answer to the first clue is AMERICAN AIRLINES. 41-A is AMERICAN, 33-A is AIRLINES. Now, find other phrases that have AMERICAN or AIRLINES. You might also want to try and find clues that have 34-D or 35-D in them.