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Glossary of Puzzle Related Terms

From Across to Syzygy, a list of puzzle related words and expressions with accompanying definitions.

&lit! (and literally)
&lit! is a type of clue found in cryptic crosswords ...

Across
The 'Across' heading in a crossword puzzle ...

Acrostic
A puzzle in which a list of clues is given and each letter from every solution is entered into a ...

Anagram
A word that is formed by rearranging the letters of ...

Assembly Puzzles
An assembly puzzle is a manipulative puzzle in which the pieces ...

Cheater Black Square
Any black square which can be removed from a crossword diagram...

Combination Puzzle
A combination puzzle is a manipulative puzzle which requires a repeated manipulation of the puzzle pieces to achieve ...

Crosswordese
Crosswordese refers to hackneyed, obscure words or partial phrases, usually three to five letters long...

Cryptic Crossword Puzzle
A cryptic or cryptic crossword is a puzzle in which the answer words are deduced by solving...

Cryptic Crossword
A cryptic or cryptic crossword is a puzzle in which the answer words are deduced by solving...

Dexterity Puzzle
A dexterity puzzle is a manipulative puzzle which requires manual skill and patience rather than logical analysis ...

Diagramless Crossword Puzzle
A Diagramless Crossword is a crossword puzzle with a grid in which there are ...

Disassembly Puzzles
A disassembly puzzle is a manipulative puzzle in which the objective is...

Disentanglement Puzzles
A disentanglement puzzle is a manipulative puzzle in which the challenge is

Down
The 'Down' heading in a crossword puzzle ...

Trick Vessels
A trick vessel is a manipulative puzzle in which the aim is to figure out ...

Fold Puzzles
A fold puzzle is a manipulative puzzle in which the objective is to...

Homograph
A word of the same written form as another ...

Homonym (Homograph)
A word the same as another in ...

Homophone
A homophone is a word that is ...

Impossible Objects
An impossible object is a type of manipulative puzzle in which the aim is to...

Induction Puzzles
An induction puzzle is a logic puzzle in which ...

Interlocking Puzzle
Interlocking puzzles are manipulative puzzles in which one or more pieces hold the rest together, or ...

KenKen - Math Logic Puzzles
KenKen is a logic puzzle involving ...

Light
The term 'Light' refers to a series of ...

Lock Puzzle
A lock puzzle, or trick lock, is a type of manipulative puzzle which consists of ...

Sudoku Puzzle
A sudoku puzzle is a logic puzzle which is solved using logic and reasoning...

Lateral Thinking Puzzles
A lateral thinking puzzle is a type of logic puzzle that involves ...

Situation Puzzles
A situation puzzle is a type of puzzle that involves ...

Logic Grid Puzzles
A logic grid puzzle is a logic puzzle in which you ...

Logic Maze Puzzles
A logic maze puzzle is a logic puzzle in which ...

Logic Puzzles
A logic puzzle is a puzzle in which the answer can be deduced from...

Manipulative Puzzles
A mechanical puzzle is a puzzle presented as a set of mechanically interlinked pieces.

Mean Word Length
Mean word length denotes the average number of letters in the solutions words of a crossword puzzle.

Nonograms
A nonogram or paint-by-number puzzles is a logic puzzle in which ...

Paradox
A paradox is a statement or group of statements that leads to ...

Palindrome
A word, verse, sentence or poem which reads the same ...

Palindrome
A word, verse, sentence or poem which reads the same ...

Rebus Puzzle
Rebus is a puzzle in which symbols are used ...

Sequential Movement Puzzles
A sequential movement puzzle is a manipulative puzzle which requires ...

Syzygy
Syzygy is a word game based on ...

Telestich
A verse or list of words in which the last letters ...

Unch - Unchecked Letter
Unch, short for unchecked letter, refers to a square in a crossword puzzle which contains a letter from ...

Word Count
Word count refers to the number of answers ...

Word Search Puzzle
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