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18 November 2012

Enigmatology, or How a Crossword Puzzle is Made

Do you like words?  Puzzles?  Language? Clues? Have you tried constructing a crossword puzzle?

  1. Decide which language your puzzle will be in (English, French, German, etc.)
  2. Decide on a theme for the puzzle, that all the words and clues will relate to in someway.
  3. Give your puzzle a name.
  4. Make a list of the words you want to use, and their clues.
  5.  Use this web page to create your puzzle. You'll see, there are several bits of information it asks for before you get to the words and clues part.  The first time you use this site, don't change anything except the paper size.  Change it to A4.

Here's a screen shot of a sample, made by a friend:

You could solve your puzzle online, or download and print a pdf file of it.

If you want to become a professional enigamtologist, read this page for help constructing puzzles.