well_lahdidah enjoys crosswords, and many other puzzle games. She was working on a crossword at a Phillies game when my friend Terry mentioned that he has a friend, Brendan Quigley, who makes crossword puzzles. A few days later, on my way home from work, I saw a discounted book about crossword puzzles. It even contained a chapter on creating crossword puzzles, and suggested starting by filling 3x3 or 4x4 grids with words. There was definitely something in the zeitgeist—crossword puzzles were everywhere.
I wonder how hard this is, I thought. I know—I'll try to make a 4x4 puzzle for well_lahdidah!
4x4 Puzzle Game
I can't promise that the puzzles themselves are very good—in fact, I used one word that was mentioned in the "creating crossword puzzles" chapter under the "if you used any of these words, GIVE UP and STOP making puzzles" section—but let me know if the application works properly, or if I botched any of the puzzles.
And go see Wordplay and look for datageneral!