Word Puzzles


Many individual puzzles are posted in pdf format, convenient for printing.
Detailed directions and solutions are included.

Claire's Advice for Solving Puzzles and Problems

Brand New Puzzle: States Meant?

Nothing in Common

Use the letters in the center to create a cycle of 5 letter words in which each word contains none of the letters in the adjacent words.

#91, May 2022

#90, April 2022

#89, Mid-March 2022

#88, Mid-February 2022

#87, Mid-January 2022

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Fit for Four

Find one word that can precede or follow each of the four words to create a compound or hyphenated word or a familiar two-word phrase.

#169, May 2022

#168, April 2022

#167, Mid-March 2022

#166, Mid-February 2022

#165, Mid-January 2022

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Mini-Cryptic

Cryptic clues usually contain  two parts. One is a straight definition of the answer, and the other is a cryptic description utilizing wordplay. The order and the divide between parts are for the solver to figure out.

#566, May 2022

#565, April 2022

#564, Mid-March 2022

#563, Mid-February 2022

#562, Mid-January 2022

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Five and Ten

Each word in the two lists of 10 five-letter words is missing one letter. Choose the right letters to fill in the blanks and you will spell, in order, a 10-letter final answer.

#4546, May 2022

#4344, April 2022

#4142, Mid-March 2022

#3940, Mid-February 2022

#3738, Mid-January 2022

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Crisscross Crunch

The answer words read straight across or  down, but they overlap by 1, 2, 3, or 4 letters. The clues are in alphabetical order according to answers.

#185, May 2022

#184, April 2022

#183, Mid-March 2022

#182, Mid-February 2022

#181 Mid-January 2022

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Words on Target

Your words count in a safe games of darts – but that’s my point!

#8, Mid-February 2022

#7, Mid-January 2022

#6, January 2022

#5, November 2021

#4, October 2021

#3, April 2021

#2, March 2021

#1, February 2021

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Salmagundi

A salad of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, assorted fruits and vegetables and seasoning. Or in this case, a collection of various and sundry puzzles from the past.

[photo: Jackie Garvin

Syrup and Biscuits]

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