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Top 10 Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles


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Carefully Consider Clues with Question Marks
Pay more attention to clues with questions marks, which may require some creative thinking.
Pay more attention to clues with questions marks, which may require some creative thinking.
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Is there a puzzle clue giving you extra trouble? Does it have a question mark at the end? In the world of crosswords, a clue with a question mark means that particular clue demands a second look. Usually, that bit of punctuation is an indication that the clue itself is a play on words, as opposed to a straightforward question demanding an answer or a fill-in-the-blank [source: Sayles]. So, the most obvious answer probably isn't the correct one. Think about all possible meanings of the clue; you can always ruminate on it while you go on to other parts of the puzzle.