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Lots of newspapers feature general knowledge crosswords and offer £500 up to a tempting £1,500 for the first correct answer. Do you think it is ethical to resort to Wikipedia etc for the answers you don't know in a bid to win the money?
Is it common sense? Or is it cheating?
asked in crosswords, general knowledge, ethics

vultan answers:

Just common sense. Everyone else will do it, and all that's required is that you give the correct answer, you aren't marked on how you got said answer. It's different in something like a pub quiz, or a TV gameshow, where you're being marked on the knowledge you have available in your head; but in a quiz where you're allowed as much time as you like to find the answers then you can use whatever methods necessary, short of torture. It's like the difference between an exam and homework.

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Aiming4777 answers:

I think this is common sense and part of the purpose in doing these crosswords (not that I do, I'm more of a cryptic person). If you only filled in the answers that you know, there would be little point other than to win the prize if you happen to know all of them. By looking up the answers, you increase your span of knowledge.

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rasputin1309 answers:

of course it is common sense

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Maygs answers:

Why not?
The rules don't state you have to use pure brain power and memory alone. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. It's only yourself you're cheating etc etc

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xoloriib answers:

Yes of course. Question answering is no challenge when you use Wikipedia. All the answers are there. I wonder if any of the crossword compilers use it?

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martin.thomas answers:

Of course!
When I was young my father would do a difficult crossword every week. He often consulted Reference books such as dictionaries and the complete works of Shakespeare. I imagine that a similar puzzle today would assume that the reader had Google available.

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