Most people are clueless when it comes to completing a crossword puzzle, even though the answer is just in front of them. Crossword puzzles are great brainteasers and the best thing about them is that anyone can play. Rookies can start playing the easy mode and advance as they learn new tricks of filling all the spaces. That said, here are some pointers you can follow to complete one.
First, you need to start with the fill in the blanks-clues. These are easier to crack than the others, and give you an advantage. After you are done, go back to the box labeled ‘1’ and start filling your letters there going across and down. The moment you are done with this one, you can move on to the next.
Using the answers penciled in, you can use these as your clue to fill in the other spaces. Just make sure the words you think of next fit in the spaces without going beyond the boxes. Furthermore, as you fill in the spaces, think of theme clues that are likely to help in completing the puzzle. Some of the theme clues are repeated in almost all crossword puzzles, and unless you know them, you cannot complete the puzzle with ease. You can get these clues on Wikipedia.
Do not hesitate to study the words that are most likely capable of fitting in the empty spaces. The English language does not have that many letters, hence, you can figure out the ones that are supposed to be included in the empty spaces, if you make a good guess.
Go through the puzzle and find some of the clues that you might have missed. This will help in filling in the remaining words. After you are done, you look up the answers online or wait for the next published newspaper.