Magazine article Word Ways

Lewisites and Lewisisms

Magazine article Word Ways

Lewisites and Lewisisms

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Frank Lewis, the Nation's crossword puzzle-maker, adapted the so-called British crossword to American standards and in so doing came up with a style that has probably never been duplicated on either side of the Atlantic. The puzzles are difficult but unbelievably entertaining, combining with straight definitons, puns, anagrams, and other forms of trickery. For instance, he once filled 20 empty squares with a certain well-known phrase and gave as clue: AXMASM (5,3,2,3,7). The numbers give the word lengths of the five-word phrase. Answer: GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING. Another Lewisism, perhaps borrowed from Dudeney's 300 Best Word Puzzles: KINI (1,6,4,4,3,3,4,4,4).

Answer: A LITTLE MORE THAN KIN AND LESS THAN KIND. …

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