Crossword Solving Aids

How many times have you been stuck on a crossword and can’t get that final answer? ‘A jammed cylinder (5,4)’ …

What is it?! Keep reading to find out!

In case you’re a crossword fanatic (you wouldn’t be alone), there are a few things you should know.

First of all, you should feel grateful that you’ve got at least one habit that’s good for you! Crosswords are proven to have cognitive benefits, increasing mental stamina and honing language skills well into old age. Crosswords aren’t just a fun way to pass an evening or Sunday morning, they’re also mental exercise. If you can get family and friends involved the benefits will be all the greater, as crosswords can become a great reason for socializing, dialoguing and laughing!

But in case you find yourself tearing your hair out over that dead end clue, you should know that help is out there. For example, the Seiko Oxford Crossword Solver, a handy little gadget that fits in your palm and can help you out with those stickiest of words. It may not give you the answer straight out but it can get you close (you’ll still have to do some heavy lifting) …

The next best thing just might be the Chambers Dictionary, a fantastic resource when you’re down and out.

And, in case you’re impetuous like me, you might want to think about getting an erasable pen, which can help when you’ve discovered that 1 across wasn’t ‘canary’ but was really ‘parrot’.

Of course there are plenty of sites out there that boast crossword solving aids, but that feels a bit like cheating, doesn’t it?

In case you’re wondering, the answer to the clue is “swiss rolls”!