How to finish a Crossword.....



.....and also deal with a lot of issues in business at the same time.

Despite the recent competition from Sudoku, crosswords remain a very popular means of relaxation - or frustration. Crosswords can be either cryptic (with clues) or general knowledge (with direct questions) and sometimes a mixture.

Unlike Sudoko, where the answers are numbers without inherent meaning, crossword answers are real words and they inter-connect as well. When we start a crossword we naturally try the easiest clues/questions and answer them with analysis (deductive reasoning). We also apply what we think we know to give us the most probable answer (inductive reasoning). Of course we may know something for certain, in which case the probability is 100%.

With only the harder clues/questions left, our reserves of knowledge are reduced, and it also becomes more difficult to analyse and deduce. However, help is at hand. With more completed answers, we also have more half-completed words with recognisable shapes. This offers possibilities we can experiment with and use a different kind of inductive thinking - all the words we know - which also stimulates our deduction and analysis.

That's how we at least try to finish a crossword. And as any good quiz participant will say: "it's not just what we know, but also what we're able to figure out".








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