Solving crosswords removes many fears from the game. They make you more focused and calmer person. A crossword puzzle isn’t a test of intellect, and successfully solving is really not about the size of your vocabulary anyway. Being a successful solver is more about knowing what the clues want you to do than about how much your vocabulary is. The formula is quite simple: if you know how to solve a crossword, then you know how to solve almost any other puzzle.
The first step of building the strategy of your own crossword dictionary is to find a bunch of crossword answers that you can study, and the answer that you choose is always going to be either a yes or no answer. The next step is to look for the Monday Clues in those answers. Sometimes you’ll get a letter A, but other times you’ll get a letter B or C. Once you have these letters in your pile, it’s time to choose the Monday clue that will make your answer a yes. Then you look up that clue in the dictionary.
To make things even more fun, write down exactly how many words you found in the dead or alive answer, but use only the first hundred words of the grid (the rightmost side). That’s the minimum word count you should use in your grid. Start writing down words as you come up and delete anything that doesn’t belong. You’re working over only a single grid at a time, so make sure that you work fast! I usually end up writing down more words after big bad wolf this exercise than I had initially written down, because I was so excited with myself. Once I’ve covered one horizontal line, I move to the next horizontal line and repeat the process, until I’ve finished crossword answer number four!