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2.2 Starting a Crossword with a Grid Pattern

To start the new crossword, run Sympathy and click New button on the Standard toolbar (this is a quick way of doing the File|New... command). The New Crossword Wizard will open, showing the Puzzle Type pane:

New Crossword Wizard Puzzle Type pane

In the first pane of the wizard, you choose the type of puzzle you want to compile. This creates appropriate initial settings for the puzzle type. In this case we are creating a blocked grid puzzle, so select the Blocked puzzle type, as shown above, then click on the Next button to proceed to the Grid pane:

New Crossword Wizard Grid pane

In Module 1 Step 2, we based a fully checked crossword on a stock grid supplied as a grid template. Sympathy includes many stock blocked grids, but in this case we'll create a custom grid starting with a simple pattern - blocked grids are usually based on one of four regular patterns with black blocks added as necessary. So select the Create a custom grid option.

When creating a custom grid, you decide the following:

15x15 is one of the commonly used grid sizes available as an option button. Select the 15x15 option, then ensure the Pattern O button button to the right of the Starting Pattern: label is pushed in. A picture of what the initial grid will look like appears in the Grid preview area, as shown in the picture above. You can then click on OK and proceed to the next step.

Relevant Help Sections

Standard Toolbar
Starting a New Crossword
New Crossword Wizard Puzzle Type Pane
New Crossword Wizard Grid Pane

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