All of my crossword puzzles contain between 30 and 40 words directly related to the story. Many are long words, so I’ve used smaller words to make the puzzle. Sorry for some of those wee words or any strange combinations of them.
There are six basic puzzles in this book, but the table of contents lists 12. Why? Because six are presented in regular puzzle format and size, while identical puzzles appear in story format—for those who want a challenge and who know the story so well that just a few clues are all you need.
Below each puzzle is a narrative in place of word clues. Word locations (36-D or 21-A) substitute for words in the story. Here is an example:
Longbourn is the 50-A of the 63-D family. 50-A = home; 63-D = Bennet.
Go to 50-Across and insert HOME. Go to 63-Down and insert BENNET. If there are let- ters attached to the hint, add them to the word. In one spot, for instance, you will see 5-Aine. The answer is CAROL + ine for Caroline Bingley—the hostess at Netherfield.
Words in the Scrambles go up and down, backward or forward.
Look at the word list at the bottom of a Scramble. Study the puzzle and find that word.
Draw a line through the middle of that word. Find the same word again in the puzzle and check it off.
Beware of “almost the word”—in this example, JANY is not the word, so keep looking.
All the words are there, even if it takes a little effort to find them.
We can only imagine where these stories take place, but a map gives us some perspective (see if you can guess where Ramsgate is). My map shows England only–no Scotland, Wales or Ireland—because England was Jane’s world.
As we read Jane Austen, we often find references to the old county names. Those names and a map referencing them are in the inside front cover for those who are curious about them. They also may offer clues to solving the map puzzle.
Feel free to work these puzzles randomly – sample a few at a time. This is not a competition. No one is timing you. They are for your enjoyment. Just as you go back to Jane Austen time after time, you may come back to these puzzles as well.