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How to Play Stan Newman's Sunday Crossword
WHAT TO DO FIRST
You should always look at the puzzle title before doing anything else. The title is there to give you a hint about the theme of the puzzle—the subject matter or the common element among the longest answers. When you have filled in the first long answer, take another look at the title; you should be able to make a guess now as to what the theme is. Once you have correctly identified the theme, the remaining theme answers should be much easier for you to puzzle out.
WHERE TO START INSIDE THE PUZZLE
The first answer you should write in a crossword should ideally be one whose clue you are sure of. This may be the very first clue in the puzzle (1 Across), but crossword authors and editors don't automatically make the first clue the easiest one. Of course, people's vocabulary and knowledge differ anyway. So review the clue list carefully until you find one that you're rather sure of, and fill that one in first.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
The clues to look at next are the ones that cross any of the answers that you've already filled in. It's much easier to think of the answer once you have one or more extra hints from the letters in those crossing words.
KEEPING YOUR TRIP SMOOTH
Your solving will be smoother and easier if you are able to concentrate on one area of the puzzle at a time, with each new answer you write connected to answers you've already filled in. If you're unable to fill in any answers in the area you're working in, look for another clue elsewhere in the crossword and begin the process again.
FINISHING THE PUZZLE
If you've written in all the answers that you can and some blank squares still remain, here are three proven ways to get you to the finish line:
- Take a short break and return to the puzzle in a few minutes. Many people find that this break gives them a "fresh look" at it, and they're able to come up with answers that didn't occur to them before.
- It's possible that you have one or more incorrect answers filled in. So try erasing or deleting one or more answers that you may not be quite sure of, and take another look at the area with the answers you've just removed.
- It's completely OK to "get help" in any way you like. By using the Check button to verify a particular letter or word, or even the entire puzzle. Or, for a little more help, use the Reveal button to fill in for you a letter, word, or the entire puzzle. It's also OK to use an Internet search or an online or paper dictionary. Whichever of these ways you choose, part of the educational benefits of crossword solving comes from completing each puzzle in any way you can.
WHEN YOU'RE DONE
Congratulations! Before moving on to another puzzle or to the rest of your day, take your virtual victory lap and take one last look at each of the theme answers, noting how they all relate to the title. Looking for more puzzles? Browse the full selection of Arkadium's free online crosswords and word games.
So good luck with Stan Newman's Sunday Crossword, and have fun!
About Stan Newman's Sunday Crossword
If you're looking for a free, not-too-tough, larger-size crossword to relax with for an hour or two, you've come to the right place. This 21x21 square-themed puzzle from Stan's archives was originally published in the Long Island, New York, newspaper Newsday and hundreds of other newspapers nationwide.
They're all of medium difficulty, with mostly straightforward clues, designed to amuse rather than confuse. A fresh one is delivered to you each Saturday and Sunday of the year. Each is meticulously created by a crew of talented crossword authors and prepared for publication by legendary crossword editor Stan Newman. The author's byline appears with every Sunday Crossword, together with a puzzle title, to give you a hint about the theme.
Suppose you like working your crosswords on paper rather than on a screen. In that case, you'll appreciate being able to select your choice of print formats: for right-handers or left-handers, or with large print for easiest reading – especially helpful for the longer list of Sunday clues. Plus, with the Ink Saver option, you'll be able to control how dark you'd like the black squares to be.
Solving the Sunday Crossword is a beloved pastime for many. End your week with this unique combination of relaxation, tradition, and a challenging puzzle to solve. Play Stan Newman's Sunday Crossword online today for free.