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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

A Wrecky Double-Cross

I've got a special treat for you today, guys: My friend John Gjertsen likes making double crostic puzzles, and recently he made a special Cake Wrecks one. If you're a fan of word puzzles then I highly recommend it - and if you need an extra carrot [smirk], I can tell you that the solution will give you a sneak peek at The Next Big Thing for Cake Wrecks. (Ooooh - mysteeeerious!)

Click the image below to download the full-size puzzle:

Oh, and no sharing answers in the comments! Lest I be forced to call you a "cheater cheater pumpkin eater!" And believe me, no one wants that.

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Reader Comments (80)

Very clever. Delightful.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Well, I'm never gonna solve this, so good luck to those who have some kind of clue as to what any of those clues mean.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Cool! I love mysterious cake wrecks-thingys!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I LOVE word puzzles!! I'm terrible at them... but I'll try it anyway. Yay! What a great Saturday bonus. :)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

I love word puzzles! It's printing as I type, and I am going to sit with my coffee and a pen now. :-) Thanks, Jen (and John Gjertsen!)

wv: derki--As a word dork, I'm very derki.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

"Be sure... to eat... your... OVALTINE?!?!"

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome! Thanks for the puzzle, this should be fun.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarahM

I can't print out the whole puzzle! Help please!-Lulu

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


You should be able to scale to fit in whatever print program you're using. Also, it might help if you print it in landscape format.

Good luck,


February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

this is crazy hard, yet I will not rest until I can finish

Thanks for the puzzle

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

You're going to print or link to the solution at some point in the future, yes? One would hope so!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheron

Got it done! I love Quote Acrostics!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I can't figure any but A out, and even then I think I was wrong. And the directions made me all confused. And I didn't have a printer and this wasn't really doable online. I guess others will have to do it for me.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRonja

Done! I'm not going to give anything away, but I feel exactly the same way and this should make for an interesting CW post.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarahM


-Barbara Anne

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! Word geekery with my afternoon Cake Wrecks fix.

You rock, Jen!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnitChaos

Wow, this is HARD!!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ooooooh, a double-crostic puzzle!

Getting to work on it instead of cleaning my house . . . .

wv - ousilly

Y-ousilly girl, of course I want to do the puzzle!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

printing... sharpening pencil... (I'm a word game geek... I admit it!)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

Landscape and shrink to fit page ;-}
Although I will use the first print, 105%, the puzzle and clues A-G, for my answers, I LOVE puzzles. Now you will know for sure how many of us are true geeks! (although I was called a "brain" in high school, nerd and geek were still in the future)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Valinda

That's a puzzle? Anyone who can solve a puzzle like that should be working for GCHQ (err, US equivalent would be the Pentagon I suppose)

Give me cake any day :-)


February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good puzzle! Those clues are all over the place! I admit to using wikipedia for two of the clues...

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlindaroo

I did it! That was fun, thanks!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate Hanson

Done! (phew!)
I take it to mean someone's been hard at work on something, hmm? Can't wait!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRU

Very fun! The printed version was hard to read, so I kept my browser open and cross-referenced as I went.

So is it early or late for this puzzle? :)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJunieGirl

What's a 10-letter word for laughing your ass off?

- Kirsten (

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterResults Not Typical Girl

Yaaaay! I thought there wouldn't be a post for my birthday 'cause it's Saturday, but there IS and it's a PUZZLE and that makes me happy. :-)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

Ugh, I was hoping for some cheater, cheater pumpkin eaters!! I need help!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ and EJ

Got it! Very fun! cll

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fantastic ... looking forward to it! For those of you having trouble with the clues, don't forget to work backwards from the puzzle to the clues once you've gotten the first few clues out of the way. Thanks!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteener

Um, I've never done this kind of puzzle before, and I'm a bit confused. Are the words formed by the letters in the upper part of the puzzle supposed to actually make sense? If so, Houston we have a problem here.

I shouldn't do puzzles on 3 hours of sleep...

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boyfriend got to feel useful and solved B for me (it's a favorite of his.)

So... anyone want to guess what this means in terms of future Cake Wrecks events?

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAly

ARGH! If we can't give hints in the comments, can we set up a new blogsite to help each other? These are crazy tough and I love puzzles.

WV: affibr: Ah'd be affibr if Ah said this was easy.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPinkAsphaltMama

When will it be revealed for us mere mortals who have no idea what's going on?

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

Landscape! Why didn't I think of that?? Great puzzle. Can't wait to see what pops up on cakewrecks from this.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Phew! FINISHED! There goes my afternoon! ; )

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ and EJ

Awesome fun...thanks Jen and John Gjertsen. It took me longer than I would have liked to solve, it wasn't the "answer for F" double crostic I've ever done so I had to really "clue for G" myself and as soon as I finished I "answer for Q" it on over here to tell you I I "answer for C" you took a liittle "answer for L" liiberty iin part of the answer for B. It left me on rocky ground for a bit, imagine my horror when I realized my first instincts were completely wrong and thus the time it took me to solve was extended rather than abbreviated.

VW dingn - I'm not dingn you for the answer, I swear "answer to D" in's just a side effect of a "answer for T" of being a word nerd.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel

Lulu - are you using Firefox? I often have problems printing out things when I'm using Firefox even after trying to scale to fit page, etc. but opening the page up in Explorer always works to get the whole thing to print.

Hope that helps!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel

what is this "wv" and odd word definition that some commenters seem to do every post? what does "wv" mean?

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanessa

Piece of cake!

Thanks Jen!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

Do I get double points if I solved it before you posted it? :)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstashmuffin

This is FRIGGEN HARD! I haven't got all the clues, but I'm not giving up. My head hurts and my eyes are cross-eyed. I think I'll take a break.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome puzzle - it took me a while but was worth it :)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArawa

Vague but necessary hint: Clue I isn't what you think it is. There are no spaces.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

But I LIKE to eat pumpkin....

Is it normal for double crostics not to have spaces (IE first answer is two words, as far as I know, but they're run together)? Or is it an attempt at making it more fiendishly difficult?

I printed it out in landscape, and yes, I need to keep the one up on the screen so I can read the numbers. But thanks for the puzzle (only have 5 letters answered so far)!

Janessa, I'm sure it's been said in moderation already, but WV is the word verification you have to type at the bottom of the post to verify that you're not just a robot programmed to post on blogs everywhere. Lots of people like to make up definitions for the funny words it comes up with. Mine's "archiple" but I'm not coming up with anything witty for it.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

John Gjertsen - I know you are happy as a clam having all these people do your puzzle. I am just glad I checked "Complete Double Acrostic" off my bucket list. How about a nice word search for your puzzle challenged friend. :)

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

@Squirrel: Thanks for the sly hints there -- they helped just enough!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hubby (mostly) and I (a little) figured it out, but....what does it mean?!?!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessy

Thank you Squirrel! Your post helped me with Q, but I'm still stymied by about 8 of them.

I'm kind of tempted to see if any of the smarter people put the answer on their blog...

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Whew! Finally solved. Working back & forth and finding likely words in the boxes are what did it. So, if I read the hint right, oh wait, that would be a spoiler too. Will details be in the Sunday Sweets or will you make us wait longer?

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

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