Solving puzzles and crosswords can be a great stress buster. You realize a sense of achievement and joy when you are able to solve the maximum number of clues. If you good at number game, then something like Sudoku will interest you the most.
Similarly a lot of magazines and leading newspapers come up with daily or weekly crossword puzzles. You can try your hand at online quizzes as well.
Solving these not only lends you a brain storming session, but lets you forget the day to day worries of life.
A few great tips in helping you succeed from being an amateur to becoming a pro all the way through.
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Fill in the blanks
Some quizzes are based on filling a word or a phrase to form interesting proverbs and idioms. You can improve your diction by practicing these kind of crossword puzzles. To start with, read a lot of international best sellers, a simple author to start off with before you go ahead with the rave ones. Watching a lot of English movies will also help you a great deal in solving an idiom based puzzle.
3, 4 and 5 letters
In a crossword, you have horizontal and vertical bars with clues running on both the sides. You can find the first two letters and the last two letters. Try filling the 3, 4 or 5th letter with vowels i.e. a, e, i, o and u. See if you are able to derive at a logical word.
Or try using common consonants like the letters b, h, k, l, etc. Somehow, somewhere down the line, you should be able to crack the right word. Sometimes, if you are able to find one complicated word, you might be able to find two or three more words in a row.
Check for codes
With the help of clues, look for words ending in S, ED, EST or ING. You might come up with feasible solutions. You can try penciling out these options. You can check with crosswords solutions in the next edition to find if the logic holds good or not.
For instance, if the across and down clues connote the plural of two words, there is a 100% possibility that the word ends in S. An abbreviated form of word can actually be the word. Sometimes the clue can say, isn’t it nice to go to ME? M E can denote Mount Everest. These clues are accepted by the American norms of puzzling conventions.
While guessing answers, mark them with a light shaded pencil so that answers can be erased easily. Online guesses are still better, wherein a wrong answer can be erased with the click of a mouse.
Don’t assume stuff
A lot of words in the English language can share the same word butwith an entirely different meaning or used in a completely different context all together. For example the word entrance means Door, Gateway or opening.
There is also one more entirely different meaning namely ‘to fill with delight or wonder’. Similarly, a lot of people get confused between embrace and embarrass. Both are two different sets of words with different meanings.
Puzzle constructors love to confuse the solver
A lot of puzzle constructors give confusing clues so as to make the puzzles interesting and challenging for you guys to solve.
For example if the clue says Doctor’s number, the word can mean Anesthetic, while you pick the clue from the word number, as something that makes you numb. Think outside the box and inside of the grid.
These tips and ideas go a long way in helping you shape up as an expert puzzle solver.