Play PlusWord now at telegraph.co.uk/pluswordwhere a new crossword puzzle is published every day at midnight.
2022 has seen word-finding challenges take over the world of puzzles and crosswords. These puzzles have been around for years, from the decades-old game of Bulls and Cows, through the Mastermind board game of the 1970s, to the recent Wordle craze. Everyone has at their heart a simple code-cracking challenge: using a series of guesses to identify a series of four or five letters, numbers or colors, and then being told after each guess whether each letter, number or color is a) part of the series and b) in the correct position.
We are pleased to launch our own word search game, PlusWord, which combines the challenge of a code puzzle with the content of our famous crossword puzzle. PlusWord is quick and easy to play, and consists of a miniature version of our Quick Crossword, in which some squares are colored; the letters in these shaded squares allow you to calculate the additional five-letter PlusWord.
The game’s initial concept came about nearly two decades ago, in the form of cryptic crossword puzzles compiled for a few friends, in which a group of cells in the middle of the grid acted as yet another puzzle in which various colored cells led to a Wordle.
Fast forward to the present day, PlusWord was born on Christmas Day 2021, when a little worse for wear and tear, and eager to escape for a short time from the many relatives who came to us during the day, digging through the contents of an old archiver brought to light the crossword puzzle of 18 years of code breaking. An hour or so of frantic work later, my in-laws and several other family members were somewhat confusedly solving the first PlusWord puzzle. Perhaps it was better for my marriage that those who completed it did not see the objectivity of the final answer: SCRAM.
Each PlusWord is simple to play and should only take a few minutes to complete. We think you’ll enjoy it and hope that as our Christmas guests you’ll stick around to play each new crossword puzzle. Try it here at telegraph.co.uk/plusword.
How to play PlusWord – our new crossword puzzle
Solve the crossword and use letters in the shaded squares to complete the additional PlusWord.
A letter in a green square appears in the same column in PlusWord as it appears in crossword puzzles.
A letter in a yellow square appears in PlusWord, but in a different column than the crossword.
There is only one possible answer for PlusWord; PlusWord may contain letters that are not found in crossword puzzles, but it can always be worked out logically and without guesswork.
How to check the PlusWord answer
The Telegraph reveals the solution to the previous day’s puzzle in every PlusWord in the Front Page newsletter. You can sign up here.
PlusWord can be found in the daily newspaper and online. Start playing now: telegraph.co.uk/pluswordwhere a new puzzle is published every day at midnight.
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PlusWord Book 1, containing 150 puzzles, is now available at stores like Waterstones and the telegraph bookstore