A crossword puzzle is a fun game to play. Instead of buying an existing puzzle, you can make it yourself. Here's a step by step guide you can follow to make your crossword puzzle:
1. Use a blank crossword puzzle template. There is a lot of blank crossword puzzle template with different size and grid on the internet. You choose them based on your needs.
2. Make a list of words. You can select words in a specific theme that you choose.
3. Lay the words in the template. Once you have all the words laid down. Black out any of the unused puzzles. There are a few things you should pay attention to when laying down the words. For example, every word needs to connect, the answer should not include punctuation, etc.
4. Number the starting square of each word.
5. Create a copy of the puzzle and leave the squares for the answers blank.
6. Creating clues for the answers. You can use straightforward clues to make it easier, or you can make indirect clues to make it a little bit more challenging.
7. Organize the clues into a list.
The blank spaces on crossword puzzles into which the answers are entered are called 'lights'. It's not because white squares are light in color but refer to the 'clue'. In crosswords, the blank space is the place to display the clues. You see, in crosswords, each word shares two or more letters that connect into the other words. These letters play as the clue for the other word that it crosses and that's how the blank spaces in crosswords are also called 'lights' as they serve not only the answer but also clue.
In the United States, it's typical for crosswords to be present without spaces or any other separators. Even when the answer contains more than one word. For example, it should be written WHITEHOUSE instead of WHITE HOUSE. However, in some other countries, it's common to use a space between two words. Space would be indicated in the empty grid by a partially-shaded box.
If you decided to include spaces in your crossword puzzle, you may need to mark them in some way. Maybe you can add some kind of shading or a little x so people know that it's supposed to be a space and not letters.