How To

There are not many rules you have to be aware of when you use the CrossKit dictionary. Listed below are a few hints that will assist you when you are using the CrossKit dictionary. You will learn to experiment and arrive at answers that would ordinarily elude you in an ordinary dictionary.

  1. You may enter your clues in either upper or lower case letters. However, your answers will always be returned in all capital letters. This is for the benefit of all eyes both young and old.

  2. Your newspaper clues may contain question marks, colons, semi-colons and titles enclosed in quotation marks. Ignore all, question marks, exclamation marks, colons or semi-colons and titles enclosed in quotation marks when entering clues in CrossKit. 

    Example newspaper clue:   Neeson of "Schindler's List" You would enter Neeson of Schindler's List
  3. The more specific the clue you enter is the fewer answers will be returned.

        Example: Entering the word "GALLEY" might yield the answers:

               GALLEY GEAR : OARS
               GALLEY MARK : DELE
               GALLEY NEEDS : OARS
               GALLEY TOOLS : OARS

        Whereas, entering the words GALLEY MARK would yield only: 

               GALLEY MARK : DELE

    CrossKit makes use of all Microsoft wildcards such as (*) asterisk and (?) question mark.

    The entry of the word GALLEY would return all words and phrases containing the word GALLEY.

    The entry of *GAL* return all words or phrase containing the letters GAL. However, the (*) is assumed in CrossKit and it is not necessary to enter any (*) asterisk at any time.

    The entry of G?L returns all words containing G(any letter)L

    If your clue given in a plural, enter your search word as singular version of the word.

    Example: If your clue is the word SWAMPS. Enter the word SWAMP. This will improve your chances of finding all records containing the word SWAMP and records containing the word SWAMPS. Entering the word SWAMPS will return records containing only the word SWAMPS

    Remember. If you do not find an answer to your clue inquiry, experiment. Chances are that a slight variation of your entry will result in a form of what you are seeking.