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Guest Constructor Crossword Instructions

Quick reference

Navigation: Arrow keys, mouse or tab / shift + tab
Switch orientation: Space bar or click cursor with the mouse
Erase letter: Backspace or delete

To begin

Press the Start button to launch the crossword. Click on any white square with the mouse to activate it. The corresponding clue should appear in the panel on the right.

Moving around

Use the arrow keys to move around the crossword. You can also use the mouse to quickly go from one square to another. To switch orientation, you can either use the space bar or click the cursor.

Filling the crossword

To fill the crossword simply type in your answer and the cursor will automatically move to the next square. Incorrect letters will appear in red. To fix a letter, position the cursor on it and type your answer. Alternatively, you can erase a letter by using backspace or delete.

If you get stuck

You can use the Reveal Letter or Reveal Word buttons to solve the letter or word under the cursor.

If you decide to give up, click the Abandon button.

Pausing

Need to take a break? Click the Pause button to interrupt the game momentarily. If you need a longer break, you can always save the crossword and resume it later (see Saving section).

Saving

You can save a partially completed crossword by clicking on the Save button. If you're not already logged in, you will be asked to do so. Resuming a crossword is easy, simply click on the My Saved Puzzles link in the sidebar and select the crossword you'd like to resume.

Advanced navigation

You can use the tab / shift + tab to move forward/backward one word at a time. Correct words will be automatically skipped. Combined with the space bar to switch orientation, this is the quickest way to complete a crossword.

Customizations

The Settings button brings up a dialog allowing you to customize many aspects of the game. All users can change the settings but be aware that you need to be logged in for your settings to be permanently remembered.