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

New(ish) Puzzles:

L-P Words Challenge

Low Profile Words

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.

#99, December 2022

#97, November 2022

#96, October 2022

#95, September 2022

#94, August 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.

#176, December 2022

#175, November 2022

#174, October 2022

#173, September 2022

#172, August 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.

#573 December 2022

#572, November 2022

#571, October 2022

#570, September 2022

#569, August 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.

#192, December 2022

#191, November 2022

#190, October 2022

#189, September 2022

#188, August 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.

#5960, December 2022

#5758, November 2022

#5556, October 2022

#5354, September 2022

#5152, August 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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