Past WSJ Crossword Contests & Solutions

This is a place to learn about the Muggles community and some of the terminology we use. It also contains suggested strategies for solving meta crosswords, as well as a repository of all past WSJ crossword contests and solutions.
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Past WSJ Crossword Contests & Solutions

#1

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:28 am

In order for muggles to solve past puzzles before seeing the solutions, steveb has saved all PDFs HERE

All past Crossword Contest combined grids, clues, & solutions are posted below, by month.

You can SEARCH on all TITLES, SOLUTIONS, and CONSTRUCTORS using your browser's search feature.



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#2

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:32 am

SEPTEMBER 2015

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

ROAD TEST — VOLKSWAGEN — MATT GAFFNEY
20150918 WSJCC Road Test.gif

CAMERA SHOTS — "CHEERS" — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20150925 WSJCC Camera Shots.gif

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#3

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:33 am

OCTOBER 2015

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

THE INNER CITY — RENO — MATT GAFFNEY
20151002 WSJCC The Inner City.gif

DOUBLE-BOOKED — BRONTË — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20151009 WSJCC Double-Booked.gif

COLLEGE SEARCH — YALE — MATT GAFFNEY
20151016 WSJCC College Search.gif

MUSIC TOUR — "THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD" — PATRICK BERRY
20151023 WSJCC Music Tour.gif

SCARY MOVIE — "THE OMEN" — MATT GAFFNEY
20151030 WSJCC Scary Movie.gif

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#4

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:33 am

NOVEMBER 2015

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

MENU SUBSTITUTIONS — TOFU — TODD McCLARY
20151106 WSJCC Menu Substitutions.gif

PALACE INTRIGUE — HENRY VIII — MATT GAFFNEY
20151113 WSJCC Palace Intrigue.gif

GO FIGURE — SCOTTIE PIPPEN — PETER GORDON
20151120 WSJCC Go Figure.gif

YOU BETTER SHOP AROUND — IKEA — MATTGAFFNEY
20151127 WSJCC You Better Shop Around.gif

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#5

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:33 am

DECEMBER 2015

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

STEP ON IT! — CHARLESTON — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20151204 WSJCC Step On It.gif

BEGIN AT THE END — ANNA KARENINA - MATT GAFFNEY
20151211 WSJCC Begin at the End.gif

SAME DIFFERENCE — TWINS — PATRICK BERRY
20151218 WSJCC Same Difference.gif

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#6

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:33 am

JANUARY 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

CONTINENTAL DRIFT — IVORIAN (a person from the Ivory Coast) — MATTGAFFNEY
20160108 WSJCC Continental Drift.gif

ADDRESS FINDER — ROAD MAPS — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160115 WSJCC Address Finder.gif

COMES WITH THE TERRITORY — MIDDLE EAST — MATT GAFFNEY
20160122 WSJCC Comes with the Territory.gif

HERE ON THE MAP — SOUND — TODD McCLARY
20160129 WSJCC Here on the Map.gif

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#7

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:34 am

FEBUARY 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

A BREEZY SOLVE — UKRAINE — MATT GAFFNEY
20160205 WSJCC A Breezy Solve.gif

IT TAKES TWO — DEUCE — PATTRICK BERRY
20160212 WSJCC It Takes Two.gif

WHAT AM I MISSING? — MANX — MATT GAFFNEY
20160219 WSJCC What am I Missing.gif

ALTERNATE ENDINGS — (Charlton) HESTON — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160226 WSJCC Alternate Endings.gif

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#8

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:34 am

MARCH 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

A. CROSSWORD PUZZLE — J. CREW — MATT GAFFNEY
20160304 WSJCC A Crossword Puzzle.gif

BROKEN BOTTLES — LITERS — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160311 WSJCC Broken Bottles.gif

YOURS FOR THE ASKING — MARGARET CHO — MATT GAFFNEY
20160318 WSJCC Yours for the Asking.gif

EGG HUNT — OSTRICH — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160325 WSJCC Egg Hunt.gif

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#9

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:34 am

APRIL 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED! — MACY'S — MATT GAFFNEY
20160401 WSJCC Look What You Started.gif

CHASING A PITCH — ASTROS — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160408 WSJCC Chasing a Pitch.gif

MAP QUEST — COINS — MATT GAFFNEY
20160415 WSJCC Map Quest.gif

RECYCLING — WASTE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160422 WSJCC Recycling.gif

INSIDE STORY — JAMES MICHENER — MATT GAFFNEY
20160429 WSJCC Inside Story.gif

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#10

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:34 am

MAY 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

FRENCH TWIST — 3 MUSKETEERS — PETER GORDON
20160506 WSJCC French Twist.gif

SEA CHANGE — PUERTO RICO — MATT GAFFNEY
20160513 WSJCC Sea Change.gif

DRIVING AROUND — CADILLAC ELDORADO — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160520 WSJCC Driving Around.gif

THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL ME — RICHMOND — MATT GAFFNEY
20160527 WSJCC That's What They Call Me.gif

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#11

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

JUNE 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

SECRET INGREDIENTS — BLT — PETER GORDON
20160603 WSJCC Secret Ingredients.gif

THE POLLS WERE WRONG — TRY AGAIN — MATT GAFFNEY
20160610 WSJCC The Polls Were Wrong.gif

ODD MAN OUT — LAZENBY VMIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160617 WSJCC Odd Man Out.gif

DOUBLE FEATURES — MARIO BATALI — MATT GAFFNEY
20160624 WSJCC Double Features.gif

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#12

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

JULY 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

ONE OF A KIND — ELVIS — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160701 WSJCC One of a Kind.gif

CAN YOU PAUSE IT? — I, ROBOT — MATT GAFFNEY
20160708 WSJCC Can You Pause It.gif

HOST OF POSSIBILITIES — (Conan) O'BRIEN — PATRICK BERRY
20160715 WSJCC Host of Possibilities.gif

SOUNDS A LITTLE OFF — TURKEY — MATT GAFFNEY
20160722 WSJCC Sounds a Little Off.gif

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU — ARETHA FRANKLIN — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160729 WSJCC I Put a Spell on You.gif

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#13

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

AUGUST 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS — FENCING — MATT GAFFNEY
20160805 WSJCC Sequence of Events.gif

COLOR COMMENTARY — BOBBY ORR — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160812 WSJCC Color Commentary.gif

GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR — MUSKET SLOGAN — MATT GAFFNEY
20160819 WSJCC From Ear to Ear.gif

MY TREAT! — ICE CREAM SUNDAE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20160826 WSJCC My Treat.gif

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#14

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

SEPTEMBER 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

THAT'S WHY! — NEW YORK TIMES — MATT GAFFNEY
20160902 WSJCC That's Why.gif

READ BETWEEN THE LINES — SUBTEXT — PATRICK BERRY
20160909 WSJCC Read Between the Lines.gif

TITLE SEARCH — HOLD THAT THOUGHT — MATT GAFFNEY
20160916 WSJCC Title Search.gif

BACKDROPS — STAGEHAND — PATRICK BERRY
20160923 WSJCC Backdrops.gif

LOST IN TRANSLATION — GERMAN — MATT GAFFNEY
20160930 WSJCC Lost in Translation.gif

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#15

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

OCTOBER 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

END ZONE — COACH — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161007 WSJCC End Zone.gif

MAJORITY RULES — LION'S SHARE — MATT GAFFNEY
20161014 WSJCC Majority Rules.gif

MIXED DRINKS — TANG — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161021 WSJCC Mixed Drinks.gif

THREE OF A KIND — STING — MATT GAFFNEY
20161028 WSJCC Three of a Kind.gif

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#16

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:35 am

NOVEMBER 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

CHANGE AT THE TOP — PARTY — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161104 WSJCC Change at the Top.gif

PAINT BY NUMBERS — MONET — MATT GAFFNEY
20161111 WSJCC Paint by Numbers.gif

SECRET INGREDIENTS — ALE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161118 WSJCC Secret Ingredients.gif

CITY FOLK — SANTA FE — MATT GAFFNEY
20161125 WSJCC City Folk.gif

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#17

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:36 am

DECEMBER 2016

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

CHAIN LETTERS — TARGET — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161202 WSJCC Chain Letters.gif

WORD SEARCH — JAPANESE — MATT GAFFNEY
20161209 WSJCC Word Search.gif

SIGN OF THE TIMES — PINE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161216 WSJCC Sign of the Times.gif

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE — CLERK — MATT GAFFNEY
20161223 WSJCC Presidential Suite.gif

FINAL EXAM — THE END OF THE YEAR — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20161230 WSJCC Final Exam.gif

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#18

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:36 am

JANUARY 2017

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

THE SIXTHLY SENSE — ADVERB — MATT GAFFNEY
20170106 WSJCC The Sixthly Sense.gif

FOUR-LETTER WORDS — CHEAP SHOT — PATRICK BERRY
20170113 WSJCC Four-Letter Words.gif

THAT'S AN ORDER! — "TOO MUCH HEAVEN" — MATT GAFFNEY
20170120 WSJCC That's an Order.gif

TENDER OFFER — ACHE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20170127 WSJCC Tender Offer.gif

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#19

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:36 am

FEBRUARY 2017

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

FRATERNAL TWINS — DOG POUND — MATT GAFFNEY
20170203 WSJCC Fraternal Twins.gif

BY THE NUMBERS — BINGO CARDS — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20170210 WSJCC By the Numbers.gif

WHEAT THIN — GLUTEN-FREE — MATT GAFFNEY & PETER GORDON
20170217 WSJCC Wheat Thin.gif

BRUSH STROKES — GRANT WOOD — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20170224 WSJCC Brush Strokes.gif

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#20

Post by PastWSJCCsolutions » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:36 am

MARCH 2017

PDFs for the original, unsolved Crossword Contest puzzles can be found HERE.

GO DOWN FOR THE COUNT — "ROCK LOBSTER" — MATT GAFFNEY
20170303 WSJCC Go Down for the Count.gif

WHAT SHOULD I BE? — MYSELF — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20170310 WSJCC What Should I Be.gif

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T! — ERASURE — MATT GAFFNEY
20170317 WSJCC Now You See It - Now You Don't.gif

STAR SEARCH — SPACE — MIKE SHENK AS MARIE KELLY
20170324 WSJCC Star Search.gif

NAME THAT SPECIES — CAMEL — MATT GAFFNEY
20170331 WSJCC Name That Species.gif

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