The answers to some frequently asked questions:Is there a certain number of quizzes required to be able to make crosswords?
There is no exact number of quizzes for you to create to be rewarded with the ability to create crosswords. Instead, you should focus on the quality of quizzes you create. If you receive the same type of correction notes each time you create a quiz, you are not ready for crosswords. When you have your quizzes go online regularly with little or no editing, you'll find you have the ability to create crosswords. Why is there a limit on 2-letter words?
Spanishliz explains, "The reasoning behind not wanting too many is that "real" crosswords seldom allow any at all, and we've been striving to reach similar goals. Many quiz authors will use the short words simply to reach the proper percentage of used squares, or to cross at least half the letters in a word. When this happens we often end up with what looks like a row of dragon's teeth!"How should I mark spaces in my clues?
If you have to mark a space in your clue, you should use an underscore, not a dash or dots. To keep it uniform in length, please use only 3 underscores to mark the space in your clue.
For example:"We are the ___"
The answer is Champions ("We are the Champions" by Queen)
If you have a two- or more word answer, then you should add that to the end of your clue:Blue Cross, ___ (2 words)
The answer is Blue Shield
. (Blue Cross, Blue Shield)Why does it take longer to edit a crossword than a quiz?
First, unlike the many quiz editors we have, there are only a handful of crossword editors. In addition to editing puzzles, almost all of us edit quizzes. We are also volunteers - we do this because we enjoy it. Please be patient. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Second, for most people, crossword creation is far more difficult than quiz writing. First time puzzle authors will attest to this fact. The more you create, the more you learn from the editing process, and the faster they will go online.
Please make sure you have read the Guidelines
before creating your first puzzle. It would also be a good idea to take the Basic Crossword Creation
tune-up quiz - you'll find some good tips in there. Along with some of the upgrades Terry has implemented, we can now accept numeric or alpha-numeric puzzles.
There will be some very strict rules along with this:
Only our most experienced authors will be allowed to submit a crossword puzzle with numbers, since they will be more difficult than a regular puzzle. If you are unsure whether or not you will be allowed to submit a numeric puzzle, please send me a PM and I'll be happy to discuss it with you.
They must be unique and interesting - in other words, a simple addition or subtraction puzzle will not be accepted.
I'll update and clarify this as we work out the details and rules. In the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to ask. What is the best way to write clues for abbreviations and symbols?
When using abbreviations, please don't give-away the answer in the clue.
For example, when using a state abbreviation, rather than stating it this way:California (abbr)
- you could instead say "The Golden state (abbr)"
Using state nicknames and other unique landmarks makes the clue more interesting (and you might actually learn something!).
When using chemical symbols, keep the same thing in mind. Rather than state the name of the chemical and ask for the symbol, find something unique and interesting to use for the clue. For example:"Element named after the Greek goddess of the moon (abbr)" [SE]
You can find ways to write almost any clue without giving away the answer. If you aren't sure, you can always ask one of the editors. If you have any other questions, please ask them in here and one of the editors will answer.