36 Tile Challenge
You are given thirty-six square tiles. Thirty-two of them each have exactly one letter on their face. Specifically, there are 4 A's, 4 C's, 2 E's, 2 H's, 3 I's, 1 N, 1 O, 1 P, 4 R's, 3 S's, 3 T's, 1 U, 1 V, 1 W, and 1 Y. The other four tiles are black. Your challenge is to fit the tiles together such that they form two separate crosswords: one of them is 4 tiles across and 4 tiles down; the other one is 4 tiles across and 5 tiles down. Both crosswords have independent clues, and the words are not numbered; the clues are given by each row and column. If a row or column has more than one word (separated by a black tile), the clues for each word will be separated by a semicolon. Some words are actually strings of letters with a familiar pattern, or they may be single letters or acronyms. Some clues even have a trick answer to them. The clues will mention where these are. Using word knowledge and logic, make both crosswords.
Clues for the 4x4 crossword:
1st row: Positive quality
2nd row: A common form of precipitation
3rd row: (letter string) A string of four identical letters.
4th row: Very common English word
1st column: (acronym) Item frequently lost in the sofa
2nd column: Agreement, usually between nations
3rd column: Synonym of flush
4th column: Frequently mentioned upon a time
Clues for the 4x5 crossword:
1st row: Can either be Soft or Hard
2nd row: Method of jeer
3rd row: Special studies
4th row: (letter) Most frequently used consonant; (trick) Reverse gold
5th row: Usually follows the word 'Poison'
1st column: One of the Five Ws
2nd column: Humans need it; (letter) Roman numeral
3rd column: (letter string) A string of consecutive letters of the alphabet.
4th column: Sometimes formatted into five distinct sections
HintHint 1: Two black tiles will make up the 1st-column corners of the 4x4 crossword.
Hint 2: A black tile must be placed in the lower-left hand corner of the 4x5 crossword.
Hint 3: The 3rd row of the 4x4 crossword consists of all C's.
AnswerPlace the tiles into a 4x4 crossword as follows:
1st row: Black, P, R, O
2nd row: R, A, I, N
3rd row: C, C, C, C
4th row: Black, T, H, E
The clue explanations for the 4x4 crossword are as follows:
1st row: PRO (as in Pros and Cons)
2nd row: RAIN (precipitation)
3rd row: CCCC (string of identical letters)
4th row: THE (actually the most common English word)
1st column: RC (Remote Control)
2nd column: PACT (such as a Trade pact)
3rd column: RICH (synonym of flush)
4th column: ONCE (as in 'Once upon a time')
Place the remaining tiles into a 4x5 crossword as follows:
1st row: W, A, R, E
2nd row: H, I, S, S
3rd row: A, R, T, S
4th row: T, Black, U, A
5th row: Black, I, V, Y
The clue explanations for the 4x5 crossword are as follows:
1st row: WARE (as in SOFTWARE or HARDWARE)
2nd row: HISS (frequently used as a gesture of disapproval)
3rd row: ARTS (special studies)
4th row: T (most frequently used consonant); UA (the chemical symbol of gold is Au, the reverse of which is Ua)
5th row:IVY (as in 'Poison Ivy')
1st column: WHAT (as in What, When, Who, Where, and Why, and sometimes How)
2nd column: AIR (humans need it to survive); I (roman numeral)
3rd column: RSTUV (consecutive string of letters)
4th column: ESSAY (sometimes structured into one introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and one concluding paragraph)
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