Crossword puzzles provide hours of wordplay enjoyment, and they also increase your vocabulary. With some practice and a few hints, you’ll be scribbling down the answers with ease.
Use a pencil so that you can erase mistakes easily.
Fill in obvious answers, both across and down.
Look at across questions and down questions again to see if anything new pops up – an easy answer you didn’t notice before or one that has now become clear because of the letters that are filled in.
Look for multiples in clues, such as ‘friends.’ Put an S in the last position, which may help you figure out adjacent words.
Pay attention to clues in the past tense. Try putting ED in the last two positions. (This doesn’t always work, however.)
Familiarize yourself with frequently used – and often obscure – little words that crossword assemblers need to fill in niches here and there.
If you’re completely stumped, put the puzzle down for a while and try again later. Or look at the clue another way – for example, maybe ‘Getting to first base’ refers to romance rather than baseball.