Advantages Sharpen your wits, win prizes
Disadvantages May take up a lot of time
Sorry, got the Lovatts site slightly wrong. Have put it right now.Do you enjoy doing online crosswords where you stand a chance of winning a prize? I have found three sites of varying difficulty, and I have won money from all of them. Rather than write a very detailed op on just one, which would have only limited interest, I've tried to find something for everyone who enjoys crosswords.
This is a very attractive site, easy to navigate, though a bit slow at times. On your first visit you register, and after that simply log in. On the left you’ll see a list of current puzzles, and you click each title in order to enter. Unfortunately you can’t tell until the actual puzzle appears what the prize will be or when the closing date is. However, the prizes are worth having. There is always money, but sometimes a holiday, or an expensive household appliance such as a Dyson cleaner, fridge freezer, or widescreen tv set.
These puzzles are stupidly easy, but the format makes them quite attractive, and the prizes are generous. When you’ve completed a puzzle, you click a Send icon and off it goes. They can be done off line individually, but it’s a bit of a fiddle.www.lovatts.com.au
At the beginning of every month a new set of puzzles is available for download. All instructions are clearly given, and I’ve never had a problem. First, you must download a program called the X-erciser. This appears on your desktop, and you click it to access the puzzles. This needs to be downloaded only once, and when you’ve done the puzzles you can banish it and leave it in Downloads until next time. Then you download the current month's puzzles. The first time you do it seems a bit complicated, but you soon get the hang of it.There are four prize crosswords, two very large, two fairly so. They are not difficult, but misspell just one word and you won’t succeed. There are other puzzles : codes, spot the ball, and a Wordsearch which I actually find quite interesting. Round the grid are photos of film and tv stars, and as you find the names the faces are crossed out, until only the prize letters remain to form another name. Why I sometimes do this is because the people are nearly all Australian actors, with just a couple of Americans, and I’ve never heard of most of them. It’s modest fun to track down the names.
When a puzzle is correctly completed, an email form appears, and you just type in the answer. Then you can send at once or store in a folder. These puzzles are more challenging than the Puzzler ones, and can very occasionally be a bit tricky .
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