Kryssord: På reise!

Three mini-crosswords to get you into travel mode

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As the world emerges from pandemic fears and begins anew to experience the joys of travel, here are three mini-crosswords to help put you in the mood.

There are two relatively straightforward English-language crosswords with a travel theme. The third one has a sneaky trick in it related to a (frustratingly) common Norwegian travel phenomenon. Plus, the third one has English-language clues, but all the answers are in Norwegian. As always, no shame in a Norwegian-English dictionary (or a little Kryssord-2, 4-Down at the internet)! God reise!

Kryssord 1: På fly!

Vannrett (Across)
1. Continent that contains most of the world’s longest continuous railway
5. Put in an overhead compartment (or, with 4-Down, someone traveling for free)
6. Airline to call for a vacation to the Azores
7. Thing to use when your table is not in the upright and locked position

Loddrett (Down)
1. Second-in-command (abbr.)
2. ___ Alliance (airline partner group)
3. The tiniest bit of the Greek alphabet?
4. Where you are when you travel (or, see 5-Across)



Kryssord 2: Til sjøs!

Vannrett (Across)
1. Vessel for travel by sea
5. Target for 1-Down
6. “Vessel” a polar bear might use for travel by sea
7. Where a 1-Across might get tied up

Loddrett (Down)
1. Dept. to call for a 5-Across at a Bay Area 7-Across 2. Rainy travel destination on the Big Island
3. Erstwhile trim for a Camaro
4. Sneak a glance



Kryssord 3: Med jernbane!

Reminder: 1-Across in this puzzle is a bit of a riddle.
See below for a hint.

Vannrett (Across)
1. Vehicle for travel by rail
5. Norse namesake of Wednesday
6. Duvet
7. Seldom-mentioned part of a “crown”

Loddrett (Down)
1. Northern terminus of Norway’s passenger rail system
2. Monstrous beast
3. Third-person reflexive plural possessive pronoun
4. Snow in northern Norway

Hint for 1-Across: The answer plays on an all-too-common travel woe for rail travelers in Norway, especially during periods of rail construction. Travelers encountering this woe will see a three-word phrase on their itinerary that tells you how to fill in 1-Across.


Puzzle 1

Puzzle 2

Puzzle 3

This article originally appeared in the February 2023 issue of The Norwegian American.

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Andy Meyer

Andy Meyer is a literature and language teacher with over 15 years of experience in colleges, universities, and independent high schools. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and teaches Norwegian there. In 2015-2016, he was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway.