Constructing => General Discussion => Topic started by: kixky on April 02, 2009, 07:05:58 PM

Title: Themes
Post by: kixky on April 02, 2009, 07:05:58 PM
Where can I find a general discussion or tutorial about themes?  What makes a theme?  How much of the puzzle must conform to the theme? etc
Title: Re: Themes
Post by: fungi1995 on April 03, 2009, 12:35:26 AM
This is really helpful:
Title: Re: Themes
Post by: rpearson7917 on June 21, 2009, 04:47:29 PM
This is a great link, I've printed it out and spend a lot of time reading it. Can you tell me the name of the book this is sourced from??

Title: Re: Themes
Post by: admin on June 22, 2009, 08:28:25 AM
For general advice on themes, please see the Sage Advice on the left-hand side of the homepage of this site. You'll find two theme articles by Nancy Salomon and one by Roy Leban.

Also, the 21st Century Crossword Dictionary has a Theme Types section in the back. I believe 36 theme types were identified, with examples for each type.

- Kevin
Title: Re: Themes
Post by: kennyb4real on September 28, 2009, 04:59:15 AM
Followed the link, and although I cannot be absolutely positive I would say that this appears to be the first chapter of crosswords for dummies (or something of that nature) I have seen enough DUMMY books to identify the typset and Icons (Finger with string around it). As I was writing this I decided to search and found out the true source of this material. The book can can be purchased from the following link. (

Crossword Puzzle Challenges for Dummies (Paperback)
by Patrick Berry (Author)

Hope this helps

BTW - I am new to this and am interested in starting to build some puzzles for publication. I know I can develop interesting themes and clues, but before I spend $190 on crossword compiler how hard is it really to have a puzzle published?