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Beginner's guide to Constructing crosswords

Here, Electricka and her Muses elucidate some of the rudiments of crossword construction for the most commonly solved type of U.S. crossword puzzle—the square. They also offer some construction tips and hints.



This feature is in its initial stage of development. Return periodically to see additions.


beginner's guide to constructing Crosswords

table of contents


introduction to the guide

Knowledge of the rudiments of constructing crosswords will not only help players develop their construction skills; it will also help them solve puzzles easier, faster, and more skillfully.


role of the constructor


  • Design...Coming

crossword conventions

  • Crossword Conventions...Coming

the constructor's bag of tricks

  • The Constructor's Bag Of Tricks...Coming

about Construction standards

  • About Construction Standards...Coming

construction software

  • Construction Software...Coming

Role of the editor

  • Role Of the Editor...Coming

Beginner's Guide to Solving

Basics of solving crossword puzzles that will help new constructors create better puzzles.


An automated table created by The Muse Of Language Arts that contains a list of definitions for the crossword terms used in this feature.

The terms in this glossary apply to both crossword solving and crossword construction.

  • Visit the feature called Beginner's Guide To Solving Crosswords for an explanation of how to use this table: click here.

ETAF Recommends—Resources for crossword constructors

the fun is in the going. Good luck!




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