The Crossword Centre has regular monthly puzzles, some very informative articles and a message board which focuses around discussion of the Listener puzzle.
from the New York Times
. You need to pay a subscription
to access most of them but there is a weekly freebie from the
of US-style crosswords along with the opportunity to
create your own. A word puzzle helper also available.
collection of themed cryptic
collection of interactive puzzles by Anax, who appears on this
by Poins, a contributor of two puzzles to to this site.
daily blog giving a breakdown of Guardian
, FT and Independent
puzzles. Very useful if you do these puzzles and get stuck!
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.
the Magpie magazine, which offers puzzles generally thought to
be even tougher than the Listener.
cryptic clue writing contest hosted by Anax, one of this site’s
A collection of cryptic puzzles, many of them thematic.
puzzles offering the chance to enter a competition and also to
make a charitable donation.
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
An excellent crossword-related blog which covers all aspects of crossword writing with many interesting
Features puzzles from Hisashi, who has set here, and a useful analysis of each
puzzle to help those new to cryptic crosswords.
This is a crossword blog from Paul, one of the Guardian
’s most popular setters.
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.
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.
A collection of puzzles by Algy, who was among the first to contribute a crossword to this site.
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