Yeah, that was a typo. Meant to type 33 down.
Thank you @Belthazar, I had never done a crossword in Japanese before. I realised almost immediately I would never keep up with the people posting here, and when the answers are not hidden, it’s hard to not read them. So I just printed out pictures of the first grid and questions and set myself the challenge of doing alone.
Well, after a solid evening’s hard work, I was super excited to solve the entire thing by myself, apart from one clue! When I checked back in here I discovered I had made one mistake - I had ジママ instead of キママ However either way I still don’t understand the answer to 21 down せいくらべて柱が受難、which is apparently キズ. Could someone please explain it for me? Thanks in advance.
When you measure someone’s height せいくらべ you put a person against a pillar 柱 and make some sort of a cut きず on the wood above his or her head. That is my understanding of it.
なるほど！ My parents marked our heights as we grew as well, but with a pen, and when I looked up きず I just didn’t see the connection.
I’m quite impressed you were able to do it alone, though - I’m not sure I could have. I certainly understand your wanting to avoid the answers - I have a hard enough time not flipping to the back of the book to check.
I confess this is one of the ones I never quite got. Still kinda feel that connection is a little bit tenuous.
Alrighty. Puzzle number four. This one’s got more words in the clues, so I thought I’d take closer-up images. Maybe I should stitch them together into one…
My first move: Pawn to queen’s bish… uh, I mean, 14-down is フジ. Maybe?
I think ヨシン is the answer for 20 across.
Can’t answer anymore than that since I’m going to bed now.
I downloaded a crossword app because of this topic.
My proudest one so far was
I thought, “what would that be in English? Oh, field of vision, vision = 視 field = 野, しや!”
I hadn’t specifically seen that word in Japanese before that.
I like that.
16-across is ランドセル
15-down is thus ウラ, perhaps?
And I guess 8-across is ヤコウ, but now I feel like I’m starting to build a whole chain of uncertainties.
Got a few more to add to this chain, so my confidence is increasing. Either that, or I’m compounding error upon error.
7-across is チン (though I had to google that one)
5-down is チャウチャウ
11-down is エンコ (though there’s some rather fun words which fit the pattern of ＊ンコ…)
Aye, I’m learning (or, at least, encountering) many new words though this crossword. Someday perhaps I’ll even be able to solve clues without going via English.
Been a bit quiet today. Is everyone crossworded out, or is it just that I’m in the opposite time zone from most contributors?
Maybe 27 across is ブン?
I am at work, so no crosswords for me until weekend
Can’t account for others, but I’ve been quite occupied since it’s Golden Week holiday. I’ll download it tonight and probably post my thoughts sometime early tomorrow.
From me, yes, I think and if I’m being a good girl, I won’t be playing on the forums until ~12 hours from now. Also, most of these are pretty hard for me, so even though it’s fun, it does depend on how much time and energy I have…
My husband and I took a crack at it this evening; here are some suggestions:
But after that we’re stumped
Ah, nice. I was just thinking it might be time to have another stab at the crossword.
41-down is キサラギ
I was thinking that 33-down would be ルイ, but that makes 34-across イヨキ, which doesn’t appear to be a word…
Edit, many hours later: Got it. 28-across is シキシ, which means 33-down can be キチ, making 34-across チョキ. Meanwhile, I also failed to notice that 39-across was also left with a nonsense answer when I wrote in キサラギ - it needs to be シサ, so 38-down is トショシツ (which, to be fair, I’d never seen before, but makes sense since the clue asks for 部屋).
Also, in rough order of solving:
29-down = カワセ
21-across = ショカ
24-down = チョウド (don’t quite get the clue, but it fits)
25-across = ウワッツラ, and therefore
35-down = ツル (it’s a saying - I had to google it)
6-across = ウエキバチ (which makes 14-down not フジ but フキ, my bad)
19-down = マヨイバシ
Which makes 14-across フイ, but I don’t really get it.
Which is the bottom half of the puzzle all solved.
Wow! Good job! Sorry for feeding you wrong answers
18 across イワシ
17 down イルイ
32 down パン
22 down ヒマワリ
12 across ハイヒール
30 down ルリ
31 across リハツ
36 down ハナビ
There may be a mistake somewhere. I am not sure about 23 across. I thought it was リンパセツ or リンパセン but there is ハナビ…
I’m not quite sure I get the clue - there’s clearly some manner of pun going on here. Please explain?
Oh, of course. That one’s obvious in hindsight…
Yeah, I don’t really have any idea. I do like ハナビ, but yeah, that causes issues for 23-across. I was trying to get more clues by solving 40-down, but the answer to that completely eludes me.
Your answers have, however, given me the inspiration for these:
9-down キドウタイ (which completes 10-across as タイマ and 5-across as チイ)
1-down シュウト (which completes 3-across as ウド, and I never would have guessed that)
Which is the top-left done.
For those playing at home who are losing track of what’s done and what’s not, here’s my terrible handwritten version of the grid. Hope it’s legible.