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XKCD: A Crossword Puzzle

A Crossword Puzzle

Although I am slightly disappointed this isn’t a “real” crossword puzzle, I do admire Randall Munroe’s commitment to the bit. And then there’s the gray letters…

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Jason KottkeMOD

This suggests the existence of B Crossword Puzzle…

Andy Baio

Have you figured out what the gray letters mean yet? I'm stumped.

Andy Baio

Ahhh, it’s just a visualization explaining how to count “every third letter” or “every other letter” in those two clues.

Jason KottkeMOD

Yeah, I don't think there's any meaning beyond that. Not that I didn't try to find one...

David Pacey Edited


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Jason KottkeMOD

In case you're stumped, Explain XKCD, uh, explains the puzzle.


Somewhat reminiscent of the April Fools puzzle from the 2023 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament:

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