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Crosswords DS Pack Shot

Crosswords DS



by KeyBlade999

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                   |               CrossworDS              |
                   |                 An FAQ                |
                   |             By KeyBlade999            |
                   |                                       |
                   |           File Size: 14.3 KB          |
                   |         Current Version: Final        |
                   |  Time of Update: 10:30 PM 12/23/2012  |

                        Section Negative One: Donations            **CROSS_-1**

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                        Section Zero: Table of Contents             **CROSS_0**

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  -1. Donations ................................................ **CROSS_-1**
   0. Table of Contents ........................................ **CROSS_0**
   1. Introduction ............................................. **CROSS_1**
   2. Version History .......................................... **CROSS_2**
   3. Legalities ............................................... **CROSS_3**

   4. Basics of the Game ....................................... **CROSS_4**

                          Section One: Introduction                 **CROSS_1**

Welcome to another FAQ of mine. This one covers the Nintendo DS game known as
CrossworDS. To the uninitiated, this is a merging together of the words
"crosswords" and "DS", to some extent. This, therefore, is obviously a game
covering the well-known word game of crosswords, among other games.


Well, actually, that pretty much ends another crappy introduction. Here is an
FAQ for you. Enjoy.

                         Section Two: Version History              **CROSS_2**

Final - First and likely only version of this FAQ completed.
        10:30 PM 12/23/2012

                           Section Three: Legalities               **CROSS_3**

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violation of copyright.

All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
respective trademark and copyright holders.

 2012 Daniel Chaviers (a.k.a. KeyBlade999).

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                       Section Four: Basics of the Game             **CROSS_4**

Crosswords Mode

This mode is divided into four difficulty levels. Each level has a preset
number of crossword puzzles set across several pages, 20 puzzles per page.
Some will be initially available to you, though the rest are unlocked by
doing more puzzles.

Regardless of the difficulty, each puzzle relies on similar principles.

When you start a puzzle, you'll begin in the upper-leftmost box. On the top
screen, you'll see two hints - one in blue (across) and one in pink (down).
From those hints, you are to determine what goes in the boxes for that row.
Here comes an example from Easy Puzzle #14...

Let's say we have a row of four letters going across. Our across clue is
"P____ cobbler". We, or at least most of us, immediately think "PEACH COBBLER".
Since the puzzle left out part of the word "peach" in a blank, we therefore
will assume that whatever goes in the blank - "each" - is the answer to our
clue. This does make sense as it is four letters and, if we to go further into
the puzzle, we'd find the crossing letters to match. Understand so far?

To actually fill in the clue, we tap the flashing yellow box marking where the
clue begins. The flashing blue boxes show what the clue applies to. When you
tap the yellow box, there will be a zooming in of it - write in the letters to
the answer.

Now, let's say you were wrong. As you were filling in the clue with, say,
"ulpy" (pulpy cobbler), the letters would turn red and the screen would not
automatically progress as it would if you were correct. In that case, opt to
erase the letter - this button can be found at the bottom-center of the Touch
Screen between Zoom and Across/Down.

This process generally continues as we go to the next clue. You do so by
tapping the start of a row or column - the leftmost or topmost, respectively,
box that starts a row or column before it is interrupted by a black area. These
black areas cannot be written in and only serve to provide structure to the
actual puzzle.

As you go along, you'll run into clues you don't know. That's fine - you can
skip them and go on to the next one. Eventually, you'll need to opt to go for
the Down clues as well - tap the "Down" button at the bottom of the Touch
Screen and go along the tops of columns to solve clues.

As you solve clues, there is one special clue I might point out to you. Say
we have two words crossing each other at some place - it will happen. The
letter at which the words cross will be the same in both words if correct, so,
from that, you can use this to help you solving them. For an example of this,
look at the solution to Easy Puzzle #14:

                                    YES AIR

Once you finish a puzzle, you will be told how long it took, how much you were
penalized for hints, and the like.

During a puzzle, there are several options open to you on the Touch Screen:

 - Pause: Allows you to save and quit the puzzle if so desired.

 - Hints: Each puzzle allows you a certain number of "hint points". There are
          three types of hints you can obtain, which happen to use these.
          They cost hint points and often penalize your time counter. The hints
          you can obtain are the "Additional Clue", which costs one point and
          penalizes you one minute to give you a second more-obvious hint to
          the clue; "Show Letter", which costs three points and three minutes
          to give you the selected letter; and "Show Word", which penalizes you
          five points and five minutes to give you the answer to the clue.

 - Addl. Clue: If you have used the Additional Clue hint on a word, this button
               will let you switch between those two clues as needed.

 - Zoom: Zoom in and out.

 - Eraser: Erases a chosen letter, if it is wrong.

 - Across/Down: Tap one of these to solve the Across or Down clues to a puzzle.


In this mode, you will begin by selecting a puzzle size, then a puzzle number
from within that set. Each puzzle relies on the same principles, though.

Find the words in the list! It is a pretty simple concept. When you find a
word, on the Touch Screen, drag over the word from the word's beginning to end.
Words can be found horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. They can be also
oriented in one of those manners, but backwards. For example, if you were to
find "CROSSWORDS" backwards, it would be written as "SDROWSSORC". However, it
will be strictly one of those methods - you will not find half of the word
going one word, and the other half another way.

There is one common method I use in finding puzzles. Firstly, I will scan the
puzzle briefly - little more than sixty seconds, if that - to find any words
that are blatantly visible. Then I will find the first word on the list I've
yet to find, then search the puzzle for its first letter. (For example, if I
were looking for "Nintendo", I'd look for "N".) When I find that letter, I
check the eight around it for the second letter in the word. If I do find such
a letter, I go along this line to see if that is the word. If that is not the
word, or the second letter is not found around the first, I continue scanning
the puzzle until I DO find the word.

After you complete a puzzle by finding all of the words listed on the top
screen, you will learn of the time it took to complete said puzzle.


Anagrams are the various words that can be made from a set of letters, often
another word. For example, you can use the letters in "orange" to make "anger",
"rage", "range", "or", "ore", "gear", and many others.

You will first choose the length of words you'll play with before the game
begins. You will then receive some letters. Drag them into the blanks to make
the various words. These words must fit the given lengths on the pages on the
top screen - you can sift through these pages with the arrows in the top-right
corner of the Touch Screen.

Once you have made a word in the blanks, tap "OK". If you're done with this
set of letters (or think you are), tap "Align" or "Shuffle" to more quickly
bring them back.

For an example of a short-word game, I was given the tiles forming the word
"orange". The words I created were as follows:

          - age     - eon     - oar     - roe      - gear     - ogre
          - ago     - era     - one     - aeon     - goer     - rage
          - are     - gar     - ore     - aero     - gone     - rang
          - ear     - nag     - rag     - earn     - gore     - roan
          - ego     - nor     - ran     - ergo     - near

As with the other modes, upon finishing, you will be given a chance to see how
long it took you to win. If you cannot, for the life of you, find the solution,
after a certain time passes, pausing will give you the option to "Give Up",
which finishes the puzzle for you.


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