Solving Crosswords for Fun and Profit

My husband and I took a crack at it this evening; here are some suggestions:
26A: シンブンシ
28D: シルシ

But after that we’re stumped :sweat_smile:

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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 :sweat_smile:

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

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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…

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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:
2-across ユキダルマ
12-down ハダ
13-down タイ
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.

The kanji for イワシ is 鰯 which is comprised of 弱 and 魚.


Oh, good grief. That’s gotta be a contender for the world’s worst pun.

Ok, poked through the dictionary some more, and came up with ボウネンカイ as an answer for 40-down. Stick in リンパセン for 23-across. 31-across is then リヨウ, also from the dictionary.

36-down is then ヨミセ, which makes 31-across ミネ.

And done. :slightly_smiling_face:


Puzzle number five!

I wanna say 4-across is リス, but I can’t say with any certainty whether or not there’s another answer that fits better. And 16-down could be クレ.

For 1 down, スイカワリ seems to be the most fitting word
スイソ could be a solution for 1 across. I can’t find anything else that fits
カジトリ seems to make sense for 2 across
3 across could be ワヨウ
8 down is ジョスウシ
12 down is ソットウ (ソツトウ)
16 down is probably イリ
ツイトウ for 13 across, maybe?

Ooo. Nice going. I’ve been absolutely stumped for most of this one.

I’m not sure about スイソ for 1-across, though. Turns out almost every element that not the English name in katakana fits the pattern **ソ, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why any of them are lewd. And most of the ones that don’t fit that pattern still have three mora. Can you explain your reasoning? And I’m not sure I get your 13-across either.

20-across is ハゴイタ, though.

Yeah, I wasn’t too sure about スイソ, but after checking the periodic table in Japanese, it was the only element I could find that fit with スxソ. I’m not sure about what makes it lewd, though.

13 across is only a guess at this point. 追悼 means “mourning”, so I thought it fit pretty well. Plus, it makes 20 down ハト, often seen around train stations and parks.

Also, I’m guessing that 36 down is ユーカリ.

Whoops. I somehow read it as ツイドウ which means “tunnel”. Never mind me.

Aww, now I’m annoyed at myself. I figured the answer was eucalyptus, but I was expecting that’d be ユーカリプツ… or something, which is too long. Never thought to actually try looking it up.

You ever stare at a crossword forever with not the slightest idea, and then suddenly one clue just jumps out and hits you in the nose?

21-across is obviously ユカタ

That means 24-down has to be ゴウリカ, because it’s the only word in the dictionary that fits. Then I guess 25-across is リスナー. And you can practically see my confidence fading away…

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I got some more

9 across - ウチアゲハナビ
17 across - コキ
21 down - ユキゲシキ
26 down - ハケ
34 down - キビダンゴ
28 down - スタミナ (?)
35 across - ダシ

Whoa. There’s some kind of etymological story here behind 還暦, 古希 and 傘寿 that I’m suddenly interested in learning.

Yeah, I was leaning towards スタミナ as well, but I wasn’t certain. However, that makes 29-across ミキリ, which works perfectly. 見切り発車.

That’s pretty impressive. You managed to get a fair segment of the grid done.

I guess タカナ works for 32-down - I don’t really know anything about what they eat in Fukuoka, but it makes 33-across カユ, which makes sense.

After taking a break for a few days, I finally tried making some progress! I think most of the ones I filled in are correct, but I’m really in doubt about テンゴク.

For 5 across I’m considering both カシツ and タシツ, but for all I know they could both be wrong.

Oh, nice.

Finally had a chance to look over your answers, and see what new ideas they would spark.

37-down: シュクダイ. Having flashbacks of Endless Eight, here. I think I figured that when I first saw the clue, but the word just wasn’t coming to me.
30-across: インユ
30-down: インドア
31-across: No idea, but maybe アクイ
5-down: カラクチ

And done. Quick glance at the answers page for verification, and it looks like everything is correct. :smiley:

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Whoops. Been a while since I posted a crossword. Kinda meant to post this before the weekend started, too. Here’s the next, in any case. :slightly_smiling_face:

I’ve really gotta figure out the knack of holding the book flat enough one-handed so that I can take clear photos…

First answers:
30-across タワー
34-across トウ (and it’s kind of ironic that a Japanese tower has a Western name while a Western tower has a Japanese name)
36-across シー
35-down ワガシ