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History Crossword #1

Originally published on HistoryNet.com. Published Online: February 09, 2011 
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Welcome to the History Crossword Puzzle presented by HistoryNet. Every other week (for now) we'll post a new puzzle. Some will cover a broad range of historical topics; others will have a special theme, such as the American Civil War.

Use the Comments section below to tell us what you think about this interactive feature that lets you put your knowledge of history to the test. Are the puzzles too hard? Too easy? Do you prefer general, broad-based history crossword puzzles or would you like to see more on a particular theme? What frequency would you like for posting new puzzles? Give us your thoughts.

Please note that when you click on a number or click on a clue, the full clue is revealed just below the puzzle.

Click here to see History Crossword #2.

Click here to see History Crossword #3

Click here to see History Crossword #4

 


19 Responses to “History Crossword #1”


  1. 1
    Joseph Perozzi says:

    I love crossword puzzles, I truly do, but this is not a crossword, and unless you come up with a format that allows one to see the entire clue, that is, each definition in an unobstructed manner, it is pretty much useless as entertainment as well — for this is more like an exercise in definitional frustration! Furthermore, I'm sure Myles Mellor is a bright fellow, but what he passed off to you as a crossword puzzle, isn't! First of all, crossword puzzles have symmetry — a rule that is never violated in American cruciverbalism. Secondly, what you have presented here as a crossword is really just a word find puzzle created on graph paper with the definitions added after the fact. It's forced, contrived, and not well-thought out. Thirdly, true crossword puzzles, even thematic ones, need not try to make every clue pertain to the theme: the smaller filler words are what allow the solver to see the context and overall connectedness of the surrounding clues. So on a scale of 1-10, 1 being poor and 10 being incredible, this really only rates in the 4-5 range, a nice first attempt, but it really needs a lot of fixing.

    • 1.1
      HistoryNet Staff says:

      When you click on a clue or a number in the crossword, the full hint is displayed underneath the crossword. I believe that will solve issue number one you mention, which is seeing an unobstructed view of the clue. Thank you for your feedback.

  2. 2
    Jerry Fredrick says:

    This was tough at first, but when I got the hang of it, it was very enjoyable. Keep 'em coming.

  3. 3
    historyfornovices says:

    I enjoyed this quite a bit – combining 2 of my favorite things, history and crosswords. I'd only recommend that you put in the instructions at the top: "When you click on a clue or a number in the crossword, the full hint is displayed underneath the crossword." It wasn't so obvious to begin with and I dealt with the same frustration as Joseph Perozzi.

  4. 4
    Dave says:

    Really great!!

  5. 5
    Barry says:

    This was great! Tough at first , but great! waiting for more!

  6. 6
    Tracy says:

    I liked it! But a bit too difficult for me…maybe a bit easier would be nice. Also, I would like to be able to still see the clues even after clicking on the solve button. It helps to learn.
    I also like that you can tell if you are getting it correct with the blue letters vs. the red letters.

    Thanks!

  7. 7
    Peg says:

    I enjoyed the puzzle once I realized the complete clue was at the bottom of the puzzle. Most puzzles place it above. I'll be waiting to see what your specific subject puzzle will be like. /thank you for adding this to your website.

  8. 8
    TB says:

    I think once a week would be great. I really enjoyed this once I figured out that the clues display in their entirety at the bottom of the puzzle. ;)

  9. 9
    Dave T says:

    A little tough, but enjoyable. Looking forward to the themed versions. I 'd like to see a solution at word level as well. Nice job! Thanks for making it available.

  10. 10
    HistoryNet Staff says:

    Thank you all for your feedback. I've added a note above the puzzle explaining how to see the full clue. Good call.

  11. 11
    E says:

    how about a new puzzle???

  12. 12
    gary d. snyder says:

    Great fun!Thank you.Challenging but not intimidatingMay I have some more please?

  13. 13
    Dylan says:

    Really good, quite enjoyable.

  14. 14
    Dean says:

    How do I print the puzzles to solve with pencil & paper?

    • 14.1
      Gerald Swick says:

      Unfortunately, Dean, the text above the puzzles can be printed but not the puzzles themselves because they are embedded. We regret that readers can't print them out, but it is a coding issue.

  15. 15
    thomas says:

    Fun,hard,now on to the next!

  16. 16
    Red Owl says:

    Is there a way to enlarge the puzzles?

    I didn't see an answer to the "print question".

    • 16.1
      Gerald Swick says:

      Red Owl, I have now posted a response to the print question above. Unfortunately, you can't print out the puzzles.

      To learn how to make any screen image larger using a Windows-based system, see this link:
      http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/magnify.aspx

      If you are using a Mac, hitting Command and the + key together will enlarge the screen image; Command and the – (minus) key will reduce the image.



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