I enjoy doing mots fléchés with my morning coffee while listening to a French radio station or CD. Not only is it a way to immerse myself in French for an hour or so, but I often learn new vocabulary and expressions (some of which, you may notice, then become mots du jour).
I start out by answering the questions I can figure out on my own, and then I use the internet and my French dictionary software for help with others. For example, in a recent mots fléchés, the clue for one three-letter response was "Quand le bât blesse !" I know that bât means "packsaddle" and that C'est là où le bât blesse means "There's the rub," so I looked up "there's the rub" and found three other ways to say it:
- C'est là la difficulté
- C'est là que gît le lièvre
- Voilà le hic - and voilà the answer (or so I thought)
Printing Mots fléchés
Go to the Metro site and choose a city (I'm partial to Toulouse :-) A virtual version of the newspaper will open. Use the right arrow to flip to the page with the mots fléchés and adjust the zoom so that you can see the current puzzle and previous day's answers. Click the printer then choose "affichage actuel."
Visit the forum to ask for help with tricky clues: Mots fléchés discussion