If you love challenging word puzzles, word search, crossword, themes, and trivia,
try the free printable CrosScan puzzles on this website.
In CrosScan, the items in the list are clues. The
answers are found in the letter block.
Each puzzle has a theme, and every answer will fit
into this theme. The theme is hidden through the use of double meanings in the clues, and will gradually
emerge as the puzzle is worked.
When all the words are found and circled, the leftover
letters spell out a short quote relating to the theme.
For maximum enjoyment, we strongly recommend that you
thoroughly read the Instructions before beginning.
CrosScan Solving Instructions
DO NOT start with Clue #1, then Clue #2,
etc. This is the most difficult way to solve CrosScan. Instead, follow these simple
1. Find a word in the letter
block. As in any word search puzzle, words can be read backwards, forwards, up, down or
2. Count the number of letters in
that word. Go to the list, and find the clues which have that number indicated in parentheses.
3. Match the word you found with
the clue that most nearly describes it. Check off the clue, and circle the word in the letter
4. You may find it easier to look
for words on diagonals first, because they will be harder to spot when there are many letters
5. There are a few words in the
letter block that do not match any clues. Do not circle those words.
6. Each puzzle contains a "star,"
in which the words coming from every direction meet in one central letter. If you see a partial star, it should
steer you to several new words.
7. When you find enough words to
discover the theme, you should be able to work back and forth, using clues to find appropriate
I saw these interesting puzzles from CrosScan and thought I would try them out. They turned out to be very
good, not just a neat idea. Crosswords are usually too hard or too easy for me, and word searches are always too
easy. These crosscan puzzles turned out to be just right. I really didn't expect this, but really appreciate it.
The main idea is this: The clues are like crossword puzzles, but all of the answers are in the form of a word
search. The benefit is that if you can't think of the answer from the clue, you can still find it in the word
search. If you do think of the answer from the clue, you still have to find it. Unlike a word search, you don't see
a list of answers, but a list of clues.
There is a number after each clue to tell you how long the word is. All of the answers to a puzzle are related in
some way, which helps you narrow down the harder answers. Also, after all of the answers have been found, the
uncircled letters form a quote that relates to the theme of the puzzle, which also helps you finish the puzzle at
the end. Each puzzle tells you on which page you can find the solution. The clues and answers all turned out to be
reasonable (unlike many crazy crosswords that I've tried to solve). Having tried many novel puzzles out and been
mildly disappointed, I really appreciate finding this gem.
Chris McMullen (Louisiana, USA)