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6/20/2010 12:47:53 PM

swalsh33
swalsh33
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Puzzle 82 in the April 2010 fun to solve crosswords, 36 down and 39 and 42 across. The answers make no sense to me. How is Sal related to a memorialized mule? How is Debra the answer to messing with roles and how is bill the answer to start to board?

6/21/2010 11:47:46 AM

swalsh33
swalsh33
Posts: 7
Thanks! The Erie Canal is not known by me. I should have got the other 2.

6/2/2011 3:05:21 AM

jsndavis02
jsndavis02
Posts: 5
You surely are a puzzle lover. You solve more than I do, hehe. Hope to get to know you soon and talk about puzzles.

2/28/2017 12:38:09 PM

Penny5
Penny5
Posts: 1
Any suggestions on how to solve the codeword puzzles in the family favorites crossword puzzle?

2/28/2017 4:01:41 PM

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1599
In general, my way of solving Codewords is to look for the QU. I can eliminate the last letter of a word as being the Q, and I can similarly eliminate the next-to-last letter of a word. Sometimes I'll see that, for example, there's a "1,3" combination in one place and a "1,16" combination elsewhere, so I know that 1 can't be the Q.

Eventually I get to the point where I only have 2 or 3 choices for what might be the Q. If my choices boil down to, say, "6,2" and "8,18" then I'll count the number of 2's that I see, and the number of 18's, and if there are a lot of 18's, but very few 2's, then probably the 2 is the U, so the 6 would be the Q.

There are very few words in English that have a doubled u in them. So if I see that, for example, the 18 is doubled somewhere in the puzzle, I'll figure the 18 probably is not the U, so the 8 can't be the Q -- and so on.

Once I have the QU, then I know that whatever comes after that combination, must be some other vowel, so it's limited to 5 choices.

Hope this helps.

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Amy

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