Two Across, One Down

Even though I can only really do Monday, Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday puzzles, the New York Times crossword has always been a favorite of mine. I especially like to work them with my mother, who is a crossword genius, and sometimes Mr. Sew and my Dad if the clue has something to do with car parts or the military.

Is it trying to tell me something? Moi? Never.

Now, since there are a ton of free online crossword generators out there, why not make our own for the wedding? It’ll keep people occupied if they get bored, and we can give out a prize for whoever is first to complete it. Mr. Sew agreed with my idea, but decided it wouldn’t be fair unless we also included his puzzle of choice: sudoku. So, one crossword puzzle and super-expert level sudoku puzzle, please.

For crossword clues – honestly, my first list was so obscure even Mr. Sew didn’t know all the answers. I sent him a list of my “clues” in an email, and he shot back his answers. A small sample, Mr. Sew’s guesses in blue italic:

  • Greek lamb burritos I am offended that you called it a burrito :P
  • Mr. Sew’s first valentine present to Miss Sewing … Oh man… sorry I don’t remember (don’t get mad T_T)
  • Diglett …Dig? (what the crap)
  • Hand Miss Sewing uses to write with Writing hand… LOL
  • Sith lightsaber color Red… are they always red?

He then sent back his own clues, which I tried to answer in turn (in red italic).

  • Lenny ____ Euler. but people might say Kravitz, the singer.
  • Badger (4x) Oh, it’s a snake?
  • Mushroom kingdom foot-soldier Goomba
  • “Whole Check” Whole Foods
  • Outdoor/sporting goods store in Manteca You’re getting ridiculous now LOL

I think sometimes we have a problem with obscurity. Through a long series of back-and-forths, we found a good mix of Sewing-related clues and “potpourri” clues which have no real tie other than being things that interest us. Though just in case we are still too random, maybe the prize should be for whoever finishes the most by the end of the night.

Using a generator found here, we constructed the crossword. Then I found a Mr. Sew-worthy sudoku from here and added it as well. Here’s the preliminary page layout to stick in our programs:

Any other puzzle fans? Are you team crossword or team sudoku?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sewing

Location:
San Mateo, CA/Honolulu, HI
Wedding Date:
July 2010
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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:14 pm

    I’m more Team Sudoku, but your crossword is fun so I might opt to do that one instead!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:26 pm

    what a fun thing for your guests–also, it will probably encourage them to talk to each other and break the ice to get the right answers!

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    frog 505 posts, Busy bee @ 4:29 pm

    Originally I was going to do this for our programs as well but now that we’re getting down to it, I may repurpose for our rehearsal party. I’m thinking maybe that will help people to mingle and chat about the random items within the puzzles. I just love that I change my mind about everything wedding related at the 11th hour. :) PS – love your back and forth guessing!

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    bridegrl 534 posts, Busy bee @ 4:31 pm

    love this idea. I’m thinking of doing a crossword as one of my bridal shower games.

    (ps..nice to see another bee from the Salinas area)

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    nbblondie 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:31 pm

    I love both, but I’m really a member of team Kenken!

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    Teaserama 236 posts, Helper bee @ 4:38 pm

    Lol when I was looking at your word puzzle. I yelled out JAMBA when I came across #34. Too Cute!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 4:44 pm

    I was proposed to in a cryptic, at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, so obviously we had to have a puzzle for the wedding. Precisely one of our guests would have been able to solve a cryptic without getting completely stuck, so we had a normal crossword in the program, written by the groom, allover interlock, symmetry, the whole shebang.

    Anyway–fabulous thing to go along with these? Custom pencils. But take it from the voice of experience: pay the extra nickel or whatever to have them sharpened. Trust me.

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:14 pm

    I was just thinking about making crossword puzzles for people to do during cocktail hour! That way if people don’t know the answer, they can mingle and ask others! Thanks for the link to the crossword generator, great idea Sew :)

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    sasapok 77 posts, Worker bee @ 5:17 pm

    I play the NYT Crossword on my DS every single night in bed, right before I go to sleep. Only thing is, I absolutely adore puzzles, and often times, end up sleeping hours later! I’ve done all the Mondays ages ago, and almost done with Tuesdays. [They require lots of hints!] .. I can’t even imagine Wednesdays yet. You’re the ONLY person I know who plays this. Everyone says I’m using a gaming device for geekdom.

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    rawrkitty1022 516 posts, Busy bee @ 5:20 pm

    Love it! Stealing it! THANK YOU for the idea! All our guests are OOT and would love a little entertainment in their wedding weekend booklets…plus we are huge board game and puzzle people too :-)

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:25 pm

    @sasapok: whoa! deja vu! I do the same thing, right before going to bed! Sometimes I fall asleep with it still on, hahaa. I’ll be sad when I run out of Mondays. :P
    @Sarah: wow! that’s super intense, but what a great proposal! I’ll take your idea into consideration, I hadn’t thought about personalized pencils!
    @Teaserama: lol! We always, always get that flavor, and split it!
    @nbblondie: I’ll have to look that up, never heard of it!
    @Miss Guinea Pig: Definitely! It was a lot of fun thinking up clues :)
    @bridegrl: haha, yay salinas! i gotta ask – nshs, shs, alvarez or alisal?
    @rawrkitty1022: steal away! and putting it in the OOT booklet is a good idea, it’ll give people more time to work on it!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 5:28 pm

    love love love it!

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    MOHmama 404 posts, Helper bee @ 6:20 pm

    i’m going to make one for my sister’s bridal shower…or wedding.

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    Anonymous, Guest @ 6:26 pm

    I love this idea! Is 12 Down correctly spelled as “Hawaiia State Flower”?

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:32 pm

    @Anonymous: ahh..good catch! i better remove that extra “a”! thanks! :)

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 6:42 pm

    I love this idea!!! So fun!!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:24 pm

    That’s so awesome! I really love that idea!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:52 pm

    Def team crossword!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:15 pm

    We call Whole Foods “Whole Paycheck” all the time!

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    bridegrl 534 posts, Busy bee @ 12:49 am

    @Miss Sewing: I went to Notre Dame…I know, I know…(but I’m not a spoiled rich girl, I promise…lol)

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    HurseyGirl 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:51 am

    We had a crossword puzzle at our reception and it was a huge HIT. We loved that our families had to team up to get the correct answers.

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:39 am

    @bridegrl: haha! now i feel bad for forgetting that school ><’!
    @HurseyGirl: glad everyone loved yours! i hope ours turn out well too!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 11:19 am

    Really cute! I love that it’s called the Crossword of Commitment :D

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:30 pm

    I love this. I wish I had time to do it… =)

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 5:54 pm

    Thank you. I needed the crossword generator.

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