I am happy to publish crosswords from other contributors in the Guest Puzzles section. I'm not guaranteeing
instant fame or a job as a Times compiler, but you will see your puzzle in print, you may get some feedback and you
won't have to pay a penny.
I am willing to look at any CRYPTIC crossword you want to send. No general knowledge puzzles
or wordsearches please - they are more than adequately catered for by other sites. It can be of any level of difficulty,
blocked or barred, plain or thematic. I welcome crosswords with unusual or obscure vocabulary - but will not accept words
or clues that contain vulgar, offensive or prejudicial references. It hardly needs to be said that your crossword should be
your own work - please don't send me last Thursday's Guardian just because it was rather good!
Clues must be along Ximenean lines. I am not a complete purist on this one and I welcome imaginative thought - but I
don't like unfair clueing such as indirect anagrams or grammatically incorrect definitions ( eg "the ring" is not
an acceptable definition of "to phone").
If you are using Sympathy (Bryson Limited) as your compiling software, then just e-mail your puzzle as a file attachment.
If not, then send the grid as a picture file (e.g. a JPG file) attached to an email along with the clues AND
SOLUTIONS as a normal email or an attached Word document. I would like a full explanation for hard thematics
- and if your crossword relies on obscure words and references an explanation is essential too.
After looking at your puzzle I will let you know whether or not I intend to publish
it. If it's a "nearly there" I will suggest possible alterations. I do not intend to make alterations to any published puzzles
myself - it should be your own work that people see and I know how annoying meddlesome editors can be! The only details I
will alter are typos, misnumbered clues etc.
I write a brief introduction to each guest puzzle, so if you would like to say a little about yourself for me to include
in what I write, please feel free. Also, if you want me to put in a link to an e-mail address or your
own site I'll gladly do so.
Please note that I normally publish
only one crossword per guest compiler. This is to ensure
a wide variety of setters in the Guest Puzzles
section. Obviously I will make an exception to this if I
am sent two or more really outstanding puzzles by the same
setter; however I would prefer to leave a gap of about
six months between publication of each
Please bear in
mind that my setting work for the FT and Independent
a fair amount of my time, and so it may be anything up to a
month before I get a chance to deal with your
puzzle. Usually it will be sooner than that, and I do
acknowledge initial receipt of submitted puzzles within
a day or two, unless I happen to be away.
Any questions? Please contact me. Otherwise I look forward to receiving your contributions, and thank you for visiting