Long time since I posted a crossword here!
So, this isn’t just any old crossword. This is based on a format originally invented by Araucaria* which I absolutely love: the word ladder crossword. Rules are fairly simple:
Each answer is 8 letters long, but can be split into two 4 letter parts (which may not always be valid words on their own). The clue is then a series of synonyms indicating the various steps in a word ladder linking the first part to the second, changing one letter at a time. So the two halves of BUSY BEES can be linked in a word ladder “BUSY – BUST – BEST – BEET – BEES”, which might be clued as “Destroy perfect vegetable” (“bust best beet”). The first and last words themselves are not clued.
The puzzle is nature-themed, and every answer refers to an animal, plant or landscape. The solutions are all shown in photographs below, which are presented in a random order.
You can download a printable PDF version and the solution below:
1. Plain blue street bay
5. Like sherry? Like porridge? Promise girl pets belonging to peaceniks.
6. Scoop: asked for naked poet
7. Legendary birds on fields of old Europe
1. Part of speech: “Protect fat”
2. Fabric shortage chance
3. Pitt gave birth and wept
4. All of the Germans and that woman from France (Eleanor) like 7? Trust!
Images (click to expand)
*Puzzle no. 37 in vol. 2 of the Chambers Book of Araucaria Crosswords, if you want to try it for yourself