The wordsearch for E. A. Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" has 50 words; the crossword puzzle has 35 clues and answers. Each contains terms, ideas, details and information from the short story. These can be used as a reading check," just for fun," extra credit, homework, or as a silent activity after a quiz until everyone is finished. This is a PDF file, ready for duplication. Answer KEYS are provided for both.