Welcome to Village Craftsmen’s first ever island crossword puzzle.
I created this puzzle myself. I’d never done anything like this before. I didn’t realize that it would be as difficult as it was. But I think it turned out fairly well. There are eleven entries that have obvious Ocracoke connections. I used one foreign word, several abbreviations, a nickname, a few rather obscure references, and a couple of oddities. But, unlike “crossword puzzles” that I remember from fourth grade worksheets, I made this one symetrical, just like professionally created crossword puzzles. It may not be quite as sophisticated as the puzzle in your daily paper (even they frequently use odd combinations of letters, abbreviations, and abstruse words), but I think most people will find it fun to tackle.
From February 15, 2008 until February 23, 2008 we ran a crossword puzzle contest. From among the correct solutions to this puzzle that were sent to us we chose, at random, a lucky winner. And that winner was Lynn from South Boston, Virginia. Congratulations, Lynn! Your prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Village Craftsmen.
You can still try your hand at the puzzle, just for fun. If you need the solution you can click here. But don’t peek until you’ve exhausted all your patience!
I spelled “Nassau” wrong, so everyone gets 59 across free. Sorry about that!
|Across||41 Lge diving seabird||Down||33 Opposite of finish in New Yawk|
|1 File||43 19th letter||1 Bombastic speech||35 ___luk boots|
|5 With 5 Down, Ocracoke’s most famous pirate||44 Desire||2 38th Gov of Calif||36 Common contraction|
|10 __ __ far as||45 Positive or negative terminal||3 A true “S” corp?||38 See 25 Across|
|14 Solo melody||46 Investment||4 Underwear||39 Equals|
|15 Work||47 With 50 Down, Ocracoke’s 1832 landmark||5 See 5 Across||42 Beginnings|
|16 Tailless leaping amphibian||48 Sometimes they are varicose||6 Listening devices||44 What you want to do in Vegas|
|17 4 14s of 26||50 Term of endearment||7 Basketball org (1967-1976)||46 “There’s a saint ___ ___ of us”|
|18 Ancestors of Ocracoke’s Wahabs?||51 See 25 Across||8 ___ ___ Sundae, owners of Ocracoke’s Windfall||47 Not high|
|19 Flower||54 Members of one of Ocracoke’s original families||9 Physicians’ Road, abbr||49 ___ fatuus, a mysterious light|
|20 Breath mints||58 Level||10 Statement about a helium balloon||50 See 47 Across|
|22 Swiss mountain dweller||59 Bahamian capital||11 It’s often high in old westerns||51 Make over|
|24 Black as ___||61 Princess of Alderaan||12 Something to enclose with a letter, abbr||52 Always|
|25 With 38 Down, & 51 Across, Blackbeard’s flagship||62 Ding||13 Czech river||53 Opening|
|26 Hawk||63 Depictions||21 Something a two year old often needs to hear||54 Ghost, var|
|29 Conjunction||64 Usually there are more of these in wallets||23 Coin||55 His theory provided the basis for the calculus|
|30 Settles down||65 Scraps||25 They’re often found on Ocracoke’s beach, especially in the fall||56 Expires|
|34 “Dock of the Bay” singer||66 Sloping channel, var.||26 WWF’s Ludvig||57 Impudent speech|
|35 Ocracoke’s “Mad ___ Howard”||67 Eldest daughter of the Durbeyfields||27 Not always a legal driving maneuver||60 5-centime piece|
|36 Newspaper addition||28 Throw a bowline around|
|37 Regret||29 Drivers’ org|
|38 Not quantity||31 Happy or blessed, in Deutschland|
|40 Southern Calif. Artists Group? abbr||32 Garbage|