Solving Spanish Crossword and Fill-In Puzzles Like a Pro
Part of the Spanish Word Games For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Whether you’re solving in Spanish or English, the main difference between crossword and fill-in puzzles is that fill-ins don’t have numbers, and so you have to figure out on your own where the answers go. Both crosswords and fill-in puzzles become easier when you have a few tips at your disposal.
To solve crossword puzzles, do the following:
Seek out answers that you know immediately and fill those in first.
After you enter the words you know, use the placement of those letters as hints to solve connecting words.
Put an S at the end of words that are clued as plurals.
Remember the theme, and think of or write down words you already know that are related to the theme and see if they appear in the clues.
Think of words in other languages — particularly other Romance languages — that you might already know that may be similar to those in Spanish.
To solve fill-in puzzles, use the following hints:
Look for words in the word lists that are of unique lengths; when there’s only one place on the grid that a word can fit, you don’t have to struggle to place it!
Note that shorter words may be easier to place in the grid because of fewer intersecting possibilities, but longer words provide more hints for the connecting words.
Keep track of the lengths of the words that you haven’t put in the grid yet, to help you figure out where they fit to complete the puzzle.