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You may notice an interesting pattern in crossword puzzle grids: there’s a tendency to use words that alternate vowels and consonants, like ERODE, ICE CAP, andRead More >
It’s true – crossword writers and editors make mistakes.Read More >
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On four or five separate occasions over my crossword career I have received an e-mail from a solver asking meRead More >
If you’ve solved a few crosswords in your day, you’ve seen these entries many times: ERA, AREA, ERE, ONE, ELI, ORE, ATE, ERIE, ALI, and ALOERead More >
It’s happened to all of us: you’re coasting along on a crossword, scribbling in letters left and right, and then – boomRead More >
Most crossword solvers start their puzzles at 1-Across, mostly out of habitRead More >
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