How To


CROSSWORD STRATEGIES


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 IMPLEMENTS : OARS
               GALLEY MARK : DELE
               GALLEY NEEDS : OARS
               GALLEY PROPELLERS : 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.

 
SUDOKU STRATEGIES

A standard Sudoku contains 81 cells, in a 9×9 grid, and has 9 boxes, each box being the intersection of the first, middle, or last 3 rows, and the first, middle, or last 3 columns. Each cell may contain a number from one to nine, and each number can only occur once in each row, column, and box. A Sudoku starts with some cells containing numbers (clues), and the goal is to solve the remaining cells. Proper Sudokus have one solution. Players and investigators may use a wide range of computer algorithms to solve Sudokus, study their properties, and make new puzzles, including Sudokus with interesting symmetries and other properties.

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 A Typical Sudoku Puzzle

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And its Solution

There are several computer algorithms that will solve most 9×9 puzzles (n=9) in fractions of a second, but combinatorial explosion occurs as n increases, creating limits to the properties of Sudokus that can be constructed, analyzed, and solved as n increases.


WORD SEARCH STRATAGIES  (Coming Soon)

A common strategy for finding all the words is to go through the puzzle left to right (or vice versa) and look for the first letter of the word (if a word list is provided). After finding the letter, one should look at the eight surrounding letters to see whether the next letter of the word is there. One can then continue this method until the entire word is found.

Another strategy is to look for 'outstanding' letters within the word one is searching for (if a word list is provided). Since most word searches use capital letters, it is easiest to spot the letters that stand out from others. These letters are Q, O, U, X, and Z.[citation needed]

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A word search puzzle


Lastly, the strategy of looking for double letters in the word being searched for (if a word list is provided) proves helpful, because it is easier to spot two identical side-by-side letters among a large grid of random letters.

If a word list is not provided, a way to find words is to go row by row. First, all the horizontal rows should be read both backwards and forwards, then the vertical, and so on.

Sometimes the puzzle itself will help. The puzzles generated by a computer tend to put words in patterns. Furthermore, the bigger the words and the more words, the easier they are to spot. In some computer-generated puzzles, if the person solving the puzzle sees one word, all they have to do to find more is to look in adjacent rows, columns, or diagonals. The puzzle might use every row, column, or diagonal—or just every other row, column, or diagonal.