Spoiler Alert: Answers To The First SwimSwam Crossword Puzzle

It’s been several days since SwimSwam’s first-ever Crossword Puzzle was published, which means you’ve all had a chance to take a stab at our aquatic brainteaser. Some clues were easier than others, but all challenged you to think outside the pool and reminiscence on swimming history both old and not so old.

If you haven’t had a chance to give it a try, the blank puzzle is still within this post.

For those who got the answers all correct, as indicated by your input turning to green within the puzzle, congratulations!

For those who saw some red responses or had trouble coming up with anything at all, the entire puzzle’s completion is at the bottom of this post.

Note that we’ll be releasing our puzzle #2 shortly, so get ready to give the swimming side of your brain another workout over your morning cup of coffee this weekend.

Original Post (Answers at the bottom)

With most everyone everywhere under lockdown, we’re looking for games to play, books to read and fun shows to watch to pass the time between day jobs and at-home workouts.

For some, this means Catan and Scrabble, for others, it’s word searches and novels. But none of these diversions scratch that swimmer itch in all of us, always bubbling at the surface waiting to get out.

Enter the first-ever official SwimSwam crossword puzzle.

Think you know the ins and outs of our sport’s greatest stars? Confident you remember the reason for a particular DQ from years ago? Or perhaps you have a mental repository of everyone who ever held a swimming world record?

Here’s your chance to put that knowledge to the test just for fun with a simple crossword puzzle meant to entertain and challenge. Some clues are easier than others, but we encourage you to use your brain and memory as opposed to the all-too-easy internet.

Share your success (or lack thereof) in the comments and look for further editions of this aquatic brainteaser down the road.

Instructions to complete online:

  • Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue
  • Click twice on a cell to toggle between across and down
  • The active cell is highlighted in blue
  • Start typing in the word
  • Hit enter when you are done typing in the word
  • The word will turn green or red if you got it right or wrong
  • You can use the tab and shift-tab keys to move around the crossword and the arrow keys

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This is precisely what I needed in these dark times


Sorry but the 4 across prompt has me dead… can’t wait to solve this!

Hickory Nut

Y-O-H-Z-I-K. Wait, that’s only six letters.


It’s more of a choke than gag to be fair


Same! (answer: lekrons backwards)


This is so hard for my tiny little brain

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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