Lockdown Puzzles : Word Search and Sudoku

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What to do during lockdown? Last week, we suggested recipes you might enjoy. This week, I’m suggesting some puzzles — none too difficult, I promise — to test your grey cells.

Libertà Puzzles : #1 Word Search for Romance Lovers

Pride and Prejudice: 4 Bennet sisters in BBC version

In the grid below are well-known book titles, authors, characters and houses.
See how many you can find, using the clues below the grid.

Libertà puzzles #1 word search grid for romance fans

Clues:

1 Bennet daughter #2 (5) 11 Mr Darcy’s house (9)
2 Bennet daughter #4 (5) 12 Mr Darcy’s aunt lived here (7)
3 Author: The Grand Sophy (9,5) 13 Who said: ‘Reader, I married him’… (4,4)
4 E. Brontë’s masterpiece (9,7) 14 …and what was his name? (9)
5 Pimpernel’s baroness author (5) 15 Surname of Emily, Charlotte, Anne (6)
6 Pimpernel’s colour (7) 16 Pimpernel’s wife (10)
7 Austen’s shortest title (4) 17 Emily B’s hero (10)
8 … who married Mr ? (9) 18 Heyer’s Waterloo title (2,8,4)
9 Tolstoi’s suicidal heroine (4,8) 19 Creator of Mr Darcy (4,6)
10 Mr Darcy’s first name (11) 20 Mr Darcy appeared in this (5,3,9)

Numbers in brackets—eg (4)—tell you the number of letters in the solution.
Answers read across, up, down, or diagonally, and run forwards or backwards,
but always in a straight line. Click here for printable version

It’s just for fun. There are no prizes for getting it right, though feeling smug is fine 😉
Stuck? The solution is here

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Libertà Puzzles : Sudoku

Word Search puzzles may not be your thing. Don’t know about you, but I reckon Sudoku is one of Japan’s greatest exports. I can do Sudoku for hours, usually when I should be doing something else—like writing my latest book. Ah well. Sometimes a bit of relaxation is necessary to let the creative brain catch its metaphorical breath, no? That’s my excuse, anyway.…

Sudoku #2 (Easy)

Normal Sudoku rules apply.
Each horizontal and vertical row contains the numbers 1-9 without repeats.
Each block of 9 cells also contains the numbers 1-9 without repeats.
Click here for printable version of puzzle #2

Libertà Puzzles : #3 Sudoku (Medium)

Normal Sudoku rules apply.
Each horizontal and vertical row contains the numbers 1-9 without repeats.
Each block of 9 cells also contains the numbers 1-9 without repeats.
Click here for printable version of puzzle #3

In case you’re stuck,  Both Sudoku solutions are here

Happy puzzling and keep safe and well

Joanna Maitland, author

Joanna

3 thoughts on “Lockdown Puzzles : Word Search and Sudoku

  1. Elizabeth Bailey

    Oh, this is fab, thank you! I have printed out the word search for an idle moment. I had to give up on Sudoku due to my number dyslexic (I know there’s a word for it but I can’t remember it now) affliction. I tried for an age but never once could I get through to the end without finding I’d done something wrong. Arggh! Not attempting either of those. But Wowzer on the word search! Hooray!

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    1. Joanna Post author

      I think the missing word may be dyscalculia, Liz. Not that it matters. So glad that at least one of today’s puzzles will suit you. Enjoy 😉

      Reply

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