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How to Make a Crossword Puzzle

For beginners, there are easy ways to create your first crossword puzzle.


  • Step 1: Join crossword constructor online forums for tips Join crossword constructor online forums or discussion lists for beginner tips from serious hobbyists and professionals.
  • Step 2: Choose a theme for your crossword puzzle Choose a central theme to hang your crossword puzzle words and clues on.
  • Step 3: Brainstorm crosswords and clues from theme Brainstorm words and clues from your puzzle’s theme and write them on paper.
  • Step 4: Visit a crossword puzzle-maker web site Using an online crossword puzzle maker, enter the width, height, and number of squares, and then enter the words and clues line by line. Click a button and a puzzle is generated.
  • TIP: Some hobbyists prefer to create a crossword puzzle the old-fashioned way – using graph paper and pen.
  • Step 5: Buy professional crossword-puzzle-maker software Buy crossword-puzzle-maker software for professionals or serious hobbyists. This software has a steeper learning curve than the typical online puzzle generator.
  • FACT: In 1913, the first published crossword puzzle was created by English journalist Arthur Wynne for the New York World newspaper.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Software
  • Graph paper (optional)

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