What is a Piñone?

A piñone is a miniature word puzzle composed of two elements: A grid and a fill-in-the-blank section. 

The grid is solved using the clues provided and the directional indicators next to the grid. Unlike crosswords, piñones can have words be backwards. The word’s direction is indicated by the placement of the clue’s number around the grid. For example, if a clue’s number is on the top, then that clue’s answer runs top to bottom (such as in a regular crossword). If the clue’s number is below the grid, then that clue’s answer runs bottom to top (backwards from a traditional crossword point of view). 

The fill-in-the-blank is solved using the letters in the solved grid. Each individual letter in the grid appears in the fill-in-the-blank. If there are 3 “A”s in the grid, there will be three “A”s in the fill-in-the-blank. Effectively, it’s a letter jumble or anagram. The title also acts as a clue for the fill-in-the-blank solution.

Some of the letter placements are given to you. The cells with roman numerals in them correspond to blanks within the fill-in-the-blank. For example, if the cell with the roman numeral “II” is an “M”, then the blank with the roman numeral “II” is where that “M” fits in the fill-in-the-blank. 

A piñone is considered solved when both the grid and the fill-in-the-blank are completed.