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Author Topic: Crosswords using 2-letter answers  (Read 2065 times)


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Crosswords using 2-letter answers
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:57:31 PM »
Back in the day, there were a few crossword series that relied on two-letter answers.  There was "Today's Sunday Puzzle" (which relied on 23 X 23 grids) and "Crossword Puzzler" (13 X 13) by United Feature Syndicate, and there was the NEA Crossword (which switched to 3 letters as the bare minimum sometime in the mid-1990s).  The Sheffer Crossword series (13 X 13), published by King Feature Syndicate, had two grids in a four-week cycle that had two-letter answers, if only limited to two such answers for each grid.

"Today's Sunday Puzzle" discontinued 2-letter answers by March 1986, though I did discover in the early 1990s, in a TV guide, that two-letter answers made a comeback when four such grids were added to the rotation, unless they were recycled puzzles.

Are there any crossword series published these days that have answers of two letters each?
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Re: Crosswords using 2-letter answers
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 10:07:31 PM »
Are there any crossword series published these days that have answers of two letters each?

Anything that's taken anywhere near seriously, no.
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Re: Crosswords using 2-letter answers
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 11:36:09 PM »
Not that it really counts in the context of what you’re asking about, but there was a puzzle published in the NYT pretty recently with a two letter answer.

The theme clues were
CHOCOLATE, VANILLA, PISTACHIO, SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE, SCOOP with three down answers OV, OOV, OOOV, as visual representations of ice cream cones. It was a neat puzzle, asymmetrical and included a two letter answer. So if it’s central to the theme and the puzzle is good enough I suppose there are exceptions to be made.


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