by Veronica Louis
I think I can die happy now. After years of eagerly solving crosswords puzzles, I’ve stepped over the threshold to construct crosswords. Well, at least I’ve constructed my first crossword puzzle (See below).
A crossword puzzle consists of a grid with intersecting squares. Each blank square is part of two words (spelled across and down). The black squares indicate where words end or begin.
Conventional crossword puzzles follow three simple rules:
1-The answers are at least three letters long
2-The grid is in the shape of a square with an odd number of squares in the rows and columns
3-The grid is diagonally symmetrical (the black and white pattern looks the same when the puzzle is turned upside down)
In his book Cruciverbalism, Newsday crossword editor Stanley Newman adds a few more points:
“Crosswords should be fun, they should be challenging, and they should be enjoyed by any reasonably literate person.”
“Crosswordese and obscure words are prohibited (only occasional exceptions are made for otherwise outstanding work).”
“Clues must be balanced in general knowledge (no more than one non-theme reference to football or opera in a puzzle).” (more…)