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#605280 - Mon Mar 14 2011 03:32 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: Anton]
SilverMoonsong Offline
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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.
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#1049132 - Tue Jun 17 2014 12:34 AM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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Need some help with my crossword! I've been told I have too many 2-letter words. It's really hard to find longer words that can fit in with the words I already have and I can't change the size of my crossword. Anyone got any ideas?

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#1049183 - Tue Jun 17 2014 07:18 AM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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You probably won't like my suggestion, but it's to start again more or less from scratch. Keep your longer word list, and try again, this time keeping in mind that you don't want to use too much filler.

And a suggestion to make crossword creation easier: hit up thrift stores and garage sales for old Scrabble games. Use a Scrabble board and four or five sets of letter tiles to construct your crossword - that way it's easy to try things out and scrap them if they are not working. For me, at least, the hands-on of the board and tiles really helps it all come together.

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#1049188 - Tue Jun 17 2014 07:47 AM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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I would have never thought of something like that, agony, but it is such a great idea!
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#1049232 - Tue Jun 17 2014 02:49 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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What I used to do was print a grid off Excel and fill it in with pencil, only transferring it on when the clues were all laid out.
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#1049239 - Tue Jun 17 2014 03:07 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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My usual method is to use graph paper and word lists.

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#1049242 - Tue Jun 17 2014 03:59 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: spanishliz]
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Originally Posted By: spanishliz
My usual method is to use graph paper and word lists.


That's how I did my first (and only) one.


Edited by kaddarsgirl (Tue Jun 17 2014 03:59 PM)
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#1049262 - Tue Jun 17 2014 11:31 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
ElusiveDream Offline
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I've tried using an on-line crossword maker. I'll have another go at that and see what I can do.

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#1081853 - Fri Jan 23 2015 11:36 AM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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How many quizzes an author must have to be eligible for quiz making?
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#1081859 - Fri Jan 23 2015 12:05 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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The first post on this thread says there is no set limit. That still holds true.

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#1081860 - Fri Jan 23 2015 12:49 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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Oh.... I mean How many quizzes an author must have to be eligible for making crosswords?
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#1081867 - Fri Jan 23 2015 01:25 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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Believe it or not, I read it as you intended it to be--"for making crosswords". The answer's the same though.

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#1088615 - Wed Mar 25 2015 08:40 PM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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I've written 11 quizzes, but I'm really more interested in writing single questions in the future. Will I be given the ability to create crosswords from writing singles? I've created crosswords in the past for a small online publication/newspaper project I occasionally participate in, so I have the experience necessary.
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#1088707 - Thu Mar 26 2015 08:33 AM Re: Crossword FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) [Re: SilverMoonsong]
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Likely, no. The crossword ability is primarily granted based on requirements fulfilled through quiz submissions and track records built in the queue.

Past experience may help with knowledge of crosswords, but our site's guidelines for them may differ I. A number of ways. As such, we like to make sure authors are fully prepared before diving in.
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