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                       |               CrossworDS              |
                       |                 An FAQ                |
                       |             By KeyBlade999            |
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                       |         Current Version: Final        |
                       |  Time of Update: 10:30 PM 12/23/2012  |
                            Section Negative One: Donations            **CROSS_-1**
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                            Section Zero: Table of Contents             **CROSS_0**
      [Section Title] ............................................. [CTRL+F Tag]
      -1. Donations ................................................ **CROSS_-1**
       0. Table of Contents ........................................ **CROSS_0**
       1. Introduction ............................................. **CROSS_1**
       2. Version History .......................................... **CROSS_2**
       3. Legalities ............................................... **CROSS_3**
       4. Basics of the Game ....................................... **CROSS_4**
                              Section One: Introduction                 **CROSS_1**
    Welcome to another FAQ of mine. This one covers the Nintendo DS game known as
    CrossworDS. To the uninitiated, this is a merging together of the words
    "crosswords" and "DS", to some extent. This, therefore, is obviously a game
    covering the well-known word game of crosswords, among other games.
    Well, actually, that pretty much ends another crappy introduction. Here is an
    FAQ for you. Enjoy.
                             Section Two: Version History              **CROSS_2**
    Final - First and likely only version of this FAQ completed.
            10:30 PM 12/23/2012
                               Section Three: Legalities               **CROSS_3**
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    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
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     2012 Daniel Chaviers (a.k.a. KeyBlade999).
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                           Section Four: Basics of the Game             **CROSS_4**
    Crosswords Mode
    This mode is divided into four difficulty levels. Each level has a preset
    number of crossword puzzles set across several pages, 20 puzzles per page.
    Some will be initially available to you, though the rest are unlocked by
    doing more puzzles.
    Regardless of the difficulty, each puzzle relies on similar principles.
    When you start a puzzle, you'll begin in the upper-leftmost box. On the top
    screen, you'll see two hints - one in blue (across) and one in pink (down).
    From those hints, you are to determine what goes in the boxes for that row.
    Here comes an example from Easy Puzzle #14...
    Let's say we have a row of four letters going across. Our across clue is
    "P____ cobbler". We, or at least most of us, immediately think "PEACH COBBLER".
    Since the puzzle left out part of the word "peach" in a blank, we therefore
    will assume that whatever goes in the blank - "each" - is the answer to our
    clue. This does make sense as it is four letters and, if we to go further into
    the puzzle, we'd find the crossing letters to match. Understand so far?
    To actually fill in the clue, we tap the flashing yellow box marking where the
    clue begins. The flashing blue boxes show what the clue applies to. When you
    tap the yellow box, there will be a zooming in of it - write in the letters to
    the answer.
    Now, let's say you were wrong. As you were filling in the clue with, say,
    "ulpy" (pulpy cobbler), the letters would turn red and the screen would not
    automatically progress as it would if you were correct. In that case, opt to
    erase the letter - this button can be found at the bottom-center of the Touch
    Screen between Zoom and Across/Down.
    This process generally continues as we go to the next clue. You do so by
    tapping the start of a row or column - the leftmost or topmost, respectively,
    box that starts a row or column before it is interrupted by a black area. These
    black areas cannot be written in and only serve to provide structure to the
    actual puzzle.
    As you go along, you'll run into clues you don't know. That's fine - you can
    skip them and go on to the next one. Eventually, you'll need to opt to go for
    the Down clues as well - tap the "Down" button at the bottom of the Touch
    Screen and go along the tops of columns to solve clues.
    As you solve clues, there is one special clue I might point out to you. Say
    we have two words crossing each other at some place - it will happen. The
    letter at which the words cross will be the same in both words if correct, so,
    from that, you can use this to help you solving them. For an example of this,
    look at the solution to Easy Puzzle #14:
                                        YES AIR
    Once you finish a puzzle, you will be told how long it took, how much you were
    penalized for hints, and the like.
    During a puzzle, there are several options open to you on the Touch Screen:
     - Pause: Allows you to save and quit the puzzle if so desired.
     - Hints: Each puzzle allows you a certain number of "hint points". There are
              three types of hints you can obtain, which happen to use these.
              They cost hint points and often penalize your time counter. The hints
              you can obtain are the "Additional Clue", which costs one point and
              penalizes you one minute to give you a second more-obvious hint to
              the clue; "Show Letter", which costs three points and three minutes
              to give you the selected letter; and "Show Word", which penalizes you
              five points and five minutes to give you the answer to the clue.
     - Addl. Clue: If you have used the Additional Clue hint on a word, this button
                   will let you switch between those two clues as needed.
     - Zoom: Zoom in and out.
     - Eraser: Erases a chosen letter, if it is wrong.
     - Across/Down: Tap one of these to solve the Across or Down clues to a puzzle.
    In this mode, you will begin by selecting a puzzle size, then a puzzle number
    from within that set. Each puzzle relies on the same principles, though.
    Find the words in the list! It is a pretty simple concept. When you find a
    word, on the Touch Screen, drag over the word from the word's beginning to end.
    Words can be found horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. They can be also
    oriented in one of those manners, but backwards. For example, if you were to
    find "CROSSWORDS" backwards, it would be written as "SDROWSSORC". However, it
    will be strictly one of those methods - you will not find half of the word
    going one word, and the other half another way.
    There is one common method I use in finding puzzles. Firstly, I will scan the
    puzzle briefly - little more than sixty seconds, if that - to find any words
    that are blatantly visible. Then I will find the first word on the list I've
    yet to find, then search the puzzle for its first letter. (For example, if I
    were looking for "Nintendo", I'd look for "N".) When I find that letter, I
    check the eight around it for the second letter in the word. If I do find such
    a letter, I go along this line to see if that is the word. If that is not the
    word, or the second letter is not found around the first, I continue scanning
    the puzzle until I DO find the word.
    After you complete a puzzle by finding all of the words listed on the top
    screen, you will learn of the time it took to complete said puzzle.
    Anagrams are the various words that can be made from a set of letters, often
    another word. For example, you can use the letters in "orange" to make "anger",
    "rage", "range", "or", "ore", "gear", and many others.
    You will first choose the length of words you'll play with before the game
    begins. You will then receive some letters. Drag them into the blanks to make
    the various words. These words must fit the given lengths on the pages on the
    top screen - you can sift through these pages with the arrows in the top-right
    corner of the Touch Screen.
    Once you have made a word in the blanks, tap "OK". If you're done with this
    set of letters (or think you are), tap "Align" or "Shuffle" to more quickly
    bring them back.
    For an example of a short-word game, I was given the tiles forming the word
    "orange". The words I created were as follows:
              - age     - eon     - oar     - roe      - gear     - ogre
              - ago     - era     - one     - aeon     - goer     - rage
              - are     - gar     - ore     - aero     - gone     - rang
              - ear     - nag     - rag     - earn     - gore     - roan
              - ego     - nor     - ran     - ergo     - near
    As with the other modes, upon finishing, you will be given a chance to see how
    long it took you to win. If you cannot, for the life of you, find the solution,
    after a certain time passes, pausing will give you the option to "Give Up",
    which finishes the puzzle for you.
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