Does today’s crossword have you puzzled? You could continue to fret, and fight the urge to check the full solution, or you could consult Wolfram|Alpha, which has the tools you need to solve the sneakiest constructions. Wolfram|Alpha can find words matching a pattern, words with specific beginnings and endings, and provide word definitions.
Whether you are a fan of the mind-bending New York Times Crossword Puzzle, or you enjoy a more leisurely crossword, the example we have provided can work for all crossword puzzles. We took a break with Wolfram|Alpha today to solve one of many free online crossword puzzles. You can play along.
In this puzzle, we are stumped by three words (5 down, 24 across, and 18 down), which are all dependent on one another. To solve, we will enter all the known letters into the computation bar, using an underscore (“_”) to represent the unknown letter(s). Wolfram|Alpha will return a word or list of words as a possible solution.
Thanks to those final two letters, we’ve identified another letter for 24 across. Now let’s try to solve.
24 across: 4-letter word for aspersion
18 down: 5-letter word for anklebone
Solved! Sometimes just a few letters to a few unfamiliar words can tie up your game. So next time you’re feeling puzzled, consult Wolfram|Alpha to find the missing piece, and post the solution to your trickiest construction in the comment box below.