A - Z Puzzle Magazine
A - Z is a fantastic puzzle that is based on the idea of the crossword, but with a novel twist. The puzzle starts with an almost completed crossword grid, but for 26 blank squares.
These blank squares should be filled with each letter of the alphabet from A - Z just once, in order to ultimately fill the crossword grid.
As an example, you might have this: C-A-blank-S. Now what letter fills the blank? Well if you haven't placed any letters at all then there are several options, for instance it could be a 'B' to make the word 'Cabs' or possible 'T' to make the word 'Cats'. Go through the alphabet and you'll find some other options too. So you will know it must be one of a range of letters but not exactly which one. Elsewhere in the grid there will be letters that can be placed straight away so you should look for those in preference. Once you've worked out where some letters are placed the options elsewhere are narrowed; thus if a blank square must contain one of two letters and one of those two letters has now been placed elsewhere, then it can be removed as an option anywhere else.
These A - Z puzzles are created using British English, so please note for our international customers that in a small number of puzzles where there is a difference in spelling between vocabulary in British English and American English, the British spelling will be preferred: for instance the word 'colour' appears as 'colour' and not as 'color'.
Some letters will yield themselves immediately whilst others might be a little more tricky to find, and sometimes you won't know which letter goes where until you have whittled down the options by placing some of the other letters elsewhere in the grid. There's an A - Z listing with each puzzle in order to help you keep track of the letters that you have already placed elsewhere in the grid.
The A - Z magazine contains 52 puzzles and is provided in print ready PDF format so as soon as you purchase it you are free to print it off for your personal enjoyment. There's an image of the first page to the right. There are 4 puzzles per page and the puzzles are followed by the solutions so you can check the solution or look for a little inspiration if you got stuck. If you've never done an A - Z puzzle then why not take a look at one of the A - Z Puzzles in the magazine: feel free to print it off and solve.
Here's a video that walks through how to solve the sample A to Z puzzle:
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