Enjoying Crossword Mind Puzzles
Crossword puzzles prepare you before you get started. Usually, crossword puzzles follow the same pattern, regardless of the style. You can effectively complete crossword puzzles by preparing yourself. You should have a thesaurus and dictionary at your side. Some of the crossword puzzles are complex. Some of the puzzles have phrases or obscure words.
How to complete crossword puzzles successfully: If you are not use to crossword puzzles, use a pencil instead of a pen. Likely, you will be erasing often until your vocabulary expends. It is always smart to read the puzzles before attempting to answer the questions. Look for clues to help you solve the problems. Looking for clues will help you solve the difficult areas easier.
Try to mark the clues in difficult areas. Creating a mark at clues, you can usually solve the puzzles easily. Create different marks on the tricky clues. Use reference materials to help you solve the puzzles. Prepare ahead and take breaks to avoid overloading your mind. The larger puzzles especially are commonly difficult. Do the easy stuff first: Try to fill in all the easier clues first. Then break down the puzzle into blocks. Block the puzzle across and then down until you reach the ending of the clue’s list. This will give you advantages when doing harder crossword puzzles.
The longer words will become easier and you can eliminate a third to a half of the puzzle quickly. Find your clues, especially the hints that have two or more solutions in solving the problem. Jot down each clue alongside its relevant clues. Keep marking until you have solved enough of the squares to eliminate the words that do not belong in the puzzle. Complete the easiest clues first. Then work toward the longer words. Search for words that are not linked to the theme of the puzzle. The linking words sometimes mix obscure words that may not be familiar to you. Use your thesaurus or dictionary. With some puzzles, you may need to use your Bible or an encyclopedia.
With some puzzles, the words lead you to clues that quote the Bible. The crosswords may make references to an explicit location or an episode in biblical history. Work through the clues in the same fashion as you did with the easier clues. Work through the clues block by block. Next, fill in additional words. The puzzle will become easier to solve as you fill in more squares. Use previous clues to help you solve the puzzle you are currently working through. Working through the longer clues in crossword puzzles: The longest clues you may need to understand the theme of the puzzle. The longer clues tend to play on words that relate to the theme of the puzzle. Follow the process of elimination and apply basic logic.
The puzzle may become a little tricky. Sometimes the puzzles use numbers or symbols to complete parts of the word or phrase. Use your creative mind at this point to assist you with solving the puzzle. Think positive as you work through the tricky areas, since it promotes power of the mind. Some puzzles have word arrows in each theme that relates to the clues. These types of puzzles often require that you place an actual arrow where the clues intersect. Sometimes you have to replace words, or letters, such one with the same number. Follow simple steps when working through crossword puzzles. You will likely discover that solving crossword puzzles is not as demanding as you once thought.
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