Codewords are an interesting crossword variant that have appeared in several newspapers and magazines for many years. The rules are simple, but codewords can be deceptively tricky to solve. There are two issues of this magazine available for purchase: if you already have issue one, scroll down to the bottom of the page for issue two.
The start of the puzzle looks a little like a crossword grid that is empty, but with a noticeable difference. A sample of a start position is shown to the right. You will notice that each cell has a number in it, and in fact each cell has a number from 1 - 26 in it.
These numbers in the codeword start position represent A - Z in some order, so 1 could represent M, and so on. Once you work out which letter is coded for by a number then wherever you see that number, you can enter that letter in the grid. The aim is to crack the code and therefore fill in a valid crossword grid.
In order to help get you started in codewords, some letter / number combinations are revealed to you. Each puzzle will reveal certain letters underneath the grid, and so the first task is to go through and enter in those letters. Each puzzle as well as an answer key has an A - Z cross-off bar, and it is a good idea to cross off letters you have used so you can visually see with ease which letters are yet to be placed.
There are many different strategies that can be used to help you solve codeword puzzles, and of course a good grasp of English is essential to solve these puzzles. Remember that each letter from A - Z must appear at least once in the puzzle grid, and no number represents more than one letter, so once you have used a letter once it only appears in any other cell in the grid that contains that one number.
The codewords magazine is on A4 paper, and you can download and print a sample Codeword Magazine page here. The magazine has 100 pages of puzzles which are all one per page so you can print each puzzle off as and when you wish to play it. The solutions follow in 25 further pages at 4-puzzles-per-page, so in total there are 125 pages in this magazine. it uses UK English / British spelling throughout, so please note this fact if you are purchasing this magazine from other countries.
Here's a video that walks through the solve of the sample puzzle:
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