Pull-down puzzles put into "most-recent-first" format.
Interesting Links (which link to many more)
- Crossword Man: the excellent site of
Ross Beresford, author and developer of the phenomenal
Tea and Sympathy software packages for crossword construction. Highly
- Crossword Puzzles: a large number of
links to diverse "cruciverbal" sites, including many
daily cryptics on both sides of the Atlantic.
- The Crossword Centre: the site of Derek
Harrison, devoted to puzzles, links, history, books and software. Contains
a message board dedicated primarily to the topsy-turvy world of
current advanced cryptics, although entertaining threads frequently surface on more generally accessible material.
- Anagram Genius 2000: an amazing
package for multi-word anagrams in context: e.g., Apple Macintosh
« » laptop machines and
Microsoft Windows XP « » Worm downs PC, so fix it !
Click on the Archive link to find hundreds of incredible anagrams,
categorised into Sport, TV, Politics etc.
- The Anagrammy Awards:
the most incredible anagram site you're
likely to find anywhere on the net. If you want subtlety, hilarity or crudity, it's all
here. Simply click on "The Archives" link to reveal all.
- Times Crossword Club: a single site containing
not only the creme de la creme of cryptic 15 x 15 and 23 x 23
crosswords, but also excellent 13 x 13 and 23 x 23 non-cryptics,
specialist puzzles on sport, literature, music and law, the
puzzle, the 12 x 12 (barred) Mephisto puzzle and much more. Membership fee is £4.99 per month
- Crossword Compiler: the excellent site of Antony Lewis, author
and developer of the superb Crossword
Compiler software package for
crossword construction. All of the HTML code for the downloadable
and Financial Times
puzzles in the left-hand column of this page was created using this package.
- Times for the Times: fascinating blog of a team of solvers
(originated by Peter Biddlecombe, crossword solver
extraordinaire) giving daily times and good solving tips for the
Times puzzle. Don't be
too depressed if you can't match these times, some of which are remarkably quick. Comments also on
Mephisto puzzles too.
Highly recommended if you want online expert tips about how to solve current cryptic puzzles.
Fifteensquared: Well-organised blog, primarily for
solvers, although the list of other organs considered continues to grow. Clues are dissected in a lot
of detail, which is extremely helpful in bringing on newer solvers. A particularly useful aspect is that the team of reviewers includes
solvers spanning a range of experience, from relative newcomers to championship winners. As a result,
the quoted solving times are not always intimidating!
Big Dave's Telegraph crossword blog: Well-organised blog for
Daily Telegraph and
Sunday Telegraph puzzles,
which fills in the gap for the most popular broadsheets. Very well laid out, with puzzles being given a 1-to-5-star
rating on both enjoyment and difficulty fronts. Nice original anti-spoiler feature of answers being printed in the
page's background colour, being revealed only actively when the reader drags the cursor across the apparently blank solution slot.
Best for Puzzles: Very-well-organised site of Michael Curl (a.k.a. Orlando and
Cincinnus). Main features include extensive help facilities for solvers, daily puzzles and a repository of
past puzzles; all easily and logically accessible by a very professional web interface. Highly recommended.
Azed Slip Archive John Tozer's well-organised
online repository of Jonathan Crowther's comments on 35
years of winning Azed competition clues. A good resource for helping aspiring setters of advanced
cryptics to understand the correct orchestration of clues.