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Crosswords For Two

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To get the most points by entering words into a crossword grid.

How to play

An empty crossword grid is taken from a newspaper or elsewhere. Each player, in turn, writes a word into the grid such that it is linked with at least one other previously written word. A player scores one point for each letter of the word they are adding, multiplied by the number of words it is linked with in the grid. For instance, the word APPLE which links with just TRAP scores 5 points (5 points for APPLE multiplied by 1) and the word VIRUS which links with EVEN and STOP scores 10 points (5 points for VIRUS multiplied by 2). If a player cannot think of a word to add, the turn passes to the next player. The game ends when players can no longer add words, or the entire grid is filled-in. The player with the most points wins the game.

This word game is similar to Alpha-grid.

By the way, see our homepage for a selection of free, printable crossword puzzles. Or see if you can solve the World's First crossword puzzle.

And if you are looking for a warm-up for your next crossword puzzle, check out our Even Steven word game.

Example

Arnie and Betsy find an empty crossword grid in the morning paper. By flipping a coin, Arnie is elected to go first. He writes the word TWIG, scoring 4 points. Betsy writes in WAR, scoring 3 points.

crossword grid with 5 handwritten words

Arnie then writes LUG, for 3 points and Betsy writes ARCTIC for 5 points. Seeing an opportunity for double-letter points by crossing two words, Arnie writes TUB for 6 points. The game continues in this manner.

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