While all work and no play may make for a dull experience, any business leader knows that no work and all play can have disastrous effects on the bottom line as well. For companies looking to stimulate employees’ brain cells even for just a few moments at a time, incorporating puzzle games such as crosswords and word searches into business communications can have benefits. If you’re already using Microsoft Publisher to produce newsletters, fliers and other documents, adding in a word puzzle is really no big puzzle at all.
1. Start Microsoft Publisher. Click the “Blank 8.5 x 11” button on the “Available Templates” screen or choose a template to add the puzzle into. To add a puzzle into an existing Publisher document, click the “File” tab, click “Open,” browse to the Publisher file and double-click it.
2. Click the “Insert” tab at the top of the screen.
3. Click the “Picture” button below the tab on the ribbon.
4. Browse to the crossword or word search image file on the computer.
5. Double-click the file name. After a few moments, it opens on the Publisher screen.
6. Click once on the puzzle to highlight it. Drag it into place on the Publisher page if desired.
7. Resize the puzzle to fit the page or the area allotted for it by clicking once on the puzzle image. Press and hold the “Shift” key. Click a corner of the puzzle and drag outward to enlarge it or inward to shrink it. Release the “Shift” key.
- Publisher treats puzzles such as crosswords and word searches like any other image file. Whether you’ve created your own through an image program or downloaded one, you’re able to import it into Publisher within a few clicks.
- Find crossword puzzles and other word games to place in your Publisher documents throughout the Internet. Microsoft, the company that produces Publisher, offers templates available for free download on its website (see References). Another option is to send your brain to school and check out free downloads from university websites. The University of Wyoming offers downloadable crosswords on topics like insect trivia and wildflowers to really get your employees' brains blooming.
About the Author
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.
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A lively correspondence has continued on the theme of what words, people's names and cultural references it is fair to include in a Guardian crossword in the year 2009. One open-minded process engineer saw no objection to references to Paris, Hector and Lysander, though the classics had been no part of his education. In return, he felt that non-scientists ought to be expected to live with some quantum effects, black holes and dark matter.
One of the problems here, as in other areas of modern life, is that the body of what used to be labelled (and examined) as "general knowledge" has fragmented. Against that, I am regularly astonished by the evidence that so many non-native English speakers are grappling with and enjoying our crosswords, which I would have assumed were highly culture specific. One Frenchman recently sent in an almost correct entry to a Paul Genius puzzle that I had initially had difficulty deciphering even with the aide of the crib sheet that he had supplied to me.
One persistent myth that I would like to try to kill, however, is that TREE (in the guise of Sir Max Beerbohm Tree) still features regularly in Guardian crosswords. You can see why, with the two E's together and a short name that is also a plant, he was so useful to crossword setters for so long, but I think that the great actor-manager can now decently be allowed his rest. However, be warned: this is not yet the case with Miss Mae West, not only because the actor's combination of seven letters is beloved by setters, but also because her reputation as a wit and her record of willingness to fight (including serving a spell in prison) against censorship and prejudice deservedly live on.
On the general question as to whether our puzzles are too hard or too easy, I took much comfort from this in one email: "My daughter and I, when in the same house, can almost invariably complete the Guardian puzzle within fifteen minutes (including the time to make tea). When working alone, each of us takes rather longer and, indeed, might be quite stumped at times. This state of affairs, extant for more than ten years now (the younger woman at present being nearly 29), would seem to suggest that the clues are pitched to both my daughter's generation and my own."
A number of you have found that the PDF version of each day's puzzles has been printing out at your end smaller than heretofore. I am told that the reason must be in your printer's relationship to what your computer is receiving from our end. There is no single piece of advice that I can give you as to how to cope with this problem, since what needs to be done will be different with Macs and non-Macs, with Java and non-Java and with all the possible variations in operating systems and software and from browser to browser. A general line of approach would be that, when you have clicked on 'File' and then on 'Print', you should be offered an option to scale the page on the printer setting screen. 115% seems to be about right on mine; but, if that does not work with you, could you ask firstname.lastname@example.org for further and better advice, indicating what systems you are using? They should be able to give you more specific advice.
I was inhibited in responding to the flood of demands to know what was missing from Paul's prize crossword No 24,641 for 7 March, because for once nothing. However, to explain this in detail would have been to give the whole game away. The * at the end of several clues was not a cross-reference to something that we had forgotten to give you but a definition common to all the clues involved: namely that all the answers to these clues involved stars of one sort of another. I hope that, as time goes on, your first reaction to something unusual in a puzzle will not, with some justification, be that it must just be another mistake.
Lavatch's March Genius was published late and, as a result, there was only one correct entry on the first day, from Ian of London N14 at 15.57. By the deadline, 160 of you had unlocked the Kafka code.