About Lovatts Big Crossword Magazine
In addition to classic crosswords, Christine’s BIG Crossword contains other types of crossword puzzles including Cryptic Cross, Starhunts, Concept Crossword puzzles, Goliathon crosswords, and Diamond puzzles and FindaWord. A section called Crossed Wires provides word trivia games. In the column, the Judge Sums Up you can read about disputed clues and find out the rulings.
If you are new to crossword puzzles, it can be valuable to know the vocabulary. As you delve into the puzzles, you can feel like an expert when you know the lingo. So first off, the boxes that you fill out with words are known as entries or sometimes just answers. The white boxes can also be called whites while the shaded boxes are referred to as darks or blanks.
Clues can also be called definitions. White boxes or cells that make up a single entry are called unchecked, or unkeyed. Inversely, white boxes that make up two entries are referred to as keyed or checked. Terminology also applies to the people who create the puzzles who are known as constructors or cruciverbalists and the crossword puzzle lovers are called solvers.
It is also important to know that crosswords can contain abbreviations, slang, foreign language words, Roman numerals, compass positions, and acronyms.