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http://www.crossword.org.uk The Crossword Centre has regular monthly puzzles, some very informative articles and a message board which focuses around discussion of the Listener puzzle.
http://www.nytimes.com/crosswords Crosswords from the New York Times. You need to pay a subscription to access most of them but there is a weekly freebie from the archives
http://www.crosswordpuzzlegames.com Thousands of US-style crosswords along with the opportunity to create your own. A word puzzle helper also available.
http://www.chrisparadine.co.uk A collection of themed cryptic crosswords
http://www.UKPuzzle.com A collection of interactive puzzles by Anax, who appears on this site.
http://poinscrosswords.com Crosswords by Poins, a contributor of two puzzles to to this site.
http://fifteensquared.net A daily blog giving a breakdown of Guardian, FT and Independent puzzles. Very useful if you do these puzzles and get stuck!
http://bestforpuzzles.com  A site containing many cryptics and all sorts of other puzzles from Michael Curl, who sets for the Guardian as Orlando and the FT as Cincinnus, and also some crosswords by Araucaria.
www.piemag.com This is the Magpie magazine, which offers puzzles generally thought to be even tougher than the Listener.
http://www.ukpuzzle.com/phpBB3/index.php A cryptic clue writing contest hosted by Anax, one of this site's regular contributors.
http://www.qaos-crosswords.com A collection of cryptic puzzles, many of them thematic.
http://www.calendarpuzzles.co.uk 3-D puzzles offering the chance to enter a competition and also to make a charitable donation.
http://bigdave44.com Big Dave's crossword blog, which reviews the Telegraph puzzle daily and in addition has a collection of puzzles, some set by contibutors to this site.
www.crosswordunclued.com An excellent crossword-related blog which covers all aspects of crossword writing with many interesting articles.
http://hisashi.weebly.com Features puzzles from Hisashi, who has set here, and a useful analysis of each puzzle to help those new to cryptic crosswords.
http://crypticcrosswordplanet.wordpress.com This is a crossword blog from Paul, one of the Guardian's most popular setters.
http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Quizzes-and-Puzzles/Crosswords/ Useful if you're stuck on a prize puzzle and can't wait for the published answer. Of course, you shouldn't enter the prize draw if you use this forum! Discussions of current Listener puzzles are much more restrained, with a self-imposed ban on hints and spoilers.
http://www.czdcrosswords.co.uk/ This site by Henry Howarth, who set a puzzle here as abcFoxglove, offers some very useful tips for those who want to learn the dark arts of solving cryptics.
http://www.algy.me.uk/ A collection of puzzles by Algy, who was among the first to contribute a crossword to this site.

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http://argumentativeoldgit.wordpress.com/  This superb blog is dedicated to the arts (chiefly music and literature). The author provides a wide range of intelligent articles which are erudite without being pretentious and written with some charming self-deprecating humour. A welcome antidote to the relentless hype surrounding moronic celebrity pop culture!



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A timely reminder of what happens to those who spend too much time solving hard crosswords.