Shakespeare, Macbeth, Fake-Crossword, 20 questions, all on theme

Shakespeare, Macbeth, Fake-Crossword, 20 questions, all on theme
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I've had more "disappointments" than I would like from customers who ordered some of my themed crossword puzzles and were not satisfied with the number of theme clues. First, they are not wrong. I make my crosswords with a standard 15 square by 15 square grid. Generally, there are about 40 total clues and I usually have 8 to 15 clues that pertain to the theme. That's not good if you are looking for a comprehensive review of the book your students have been reading. I understand. You'd like twice that many. Now my side of the story. Crossword-maker-uppers have certain rules that must be followed. The biggest two are the puzzle should have 180 degree symmetry AND it should have no two letter words. We'll not get thrown in grid prison if we break a rule once in a while but I try to stick to the "rules." That said, even the best of crossword puzzle creators would have problems getting, say, 15 themed clues in a 15x15 grid. I am not one of the best. Take a look at a Sunday crossword. It's a 21x21 grid and the author will have only six to eight themed clues. Symmetry sometimes stinks . . . and too many esoteric/weird words are turnoffs . . . particularly for adolescents. SO . . . I will be going through most of the books/plays/short stories that I have made crosswords on and making another puzzle that will always have 20 "questions" and they will always pertain to the theme in question. Let us call it a fake-crossword. I currently have crossword puzzles for 10 of Shakespeare's plays. By the end of the summer I will have 10 Fake-Crosswords on Shakespeare's plays. They won't follow the rules . . . but neither did William. Here's a fake-crossword on Macbeth.
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2 pages
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30 minutes
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