Crossing Words

Crossing Words

Crossword puzzles get the mental juices flowing, but here’s something to add to the usual lateral thinking around words. Grab a pen and some paper.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!


Do you like crosswords? How about crosswords with a twist?

Draw a grid as per the picture with appropriate numbers alongside the blocks.

Clues - Across

  1. Imitate
  2. Type of Cat
  3. Manuscript
  4. Duplicate

Clues - Down

  1. Take by force = Seize
  2. Is indebted = Owes
  3. Vegetables = Peas
  4. Sagacious = Wise
Lend me your ears


Each space in these blocks is for a letter. And each clue needs to be represented by a word, across and down. Can you figure it out?

See if they spot the pattern or solution.

If they’re struggling, throw in a hint.


The hint is… start with the cross answers. Sense a pattern or word that links the across words?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

If they still don’t figure out the key word, point it out.


The word is ‘Copy’… it links all the words in the across clues. With that in mind, do you see the solution for the down clues?

If they still don’t figure out the key to the solution, write it out.

Clues - Down

  1. Take by force = Seize (C’s)
  2. Is indebted = Owes (O’s)
  3. Vegetables = Peas (P’s)
  4. Sagacious = Wise (Y’s)

Some extra lines you can try

  • That's some out of the box thinking, inside a drawn box.
  • Sometimes crosswords can really make you cross.
  • Now it makes sense, right? Copy that.
Alternative ending

If getting the ‘copy’ clue is too difficult… give them that key (Copy) from the get-go, to see if they can solve the downs after that. Alternatively only give them the clue, ‘Copy Cat’.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is the pen always mightier than the sword?

Words are our weapons.

Where did this COPY come from?

You are catching on fast.

Is a crossword meant to work like this?

When it comes to Coolfidence, it sure does.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get very lateral.
  • When you fancy a bit of word play.
  • When you get people thinking out of the box.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • informal meetings
  • team building events
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • A pen and paper
  • Keep a straight face.
Training required
  • Remember the crossword clues.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You could get a few strange looks.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

pen and paper

size size

pens and paper should fit in any pocket

durability durability

pens and paper are plentiful

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or a small group

possible health risk possible health risk

just have fun

reusable how many times you can use it

probably once

training needed training needed

just get familiar with the clues and you are good to go

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