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Updated 1st January 2019


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  1. Dear Big Dave and team,

    I confess I have been a “lurker” until now, but am replying to your Christmas exhortation to “come out”!

    Firstly, may I say a huge thank you, as a relative novice who is still getting to grips with some of the deeper cryptic conundrums, for providing a much welcome solace to some of the more testing clues.

    Indeed, the DT puzzles are a solace themselves in my professional life, which is testing at the moment (I am an MP and Minister, but I have do desire at all to breach your “no politics” rule). They are a wonderful means of escape and cleansing of the brain.

    May I wish all on this site a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

    Thank you again for a much appreciated on-line community.

    Best wishes,


  2. Hello BD & All

    Happy New Year to you all!

    I recently found a Grauniad crosswords blog article about a 16 year-old girl going by the pseudonym of NAVY, who has had a cryptic crossword published in the DT. (Kudos girl!)

    Does anyone know where I can find this crossword? I have access to the DT via an online library service? I believe that the puzzle ID on the DT puzzles website is 63222!

    The article can be found here:



  3. Hello all,
    From the sidelines I have been learning the craft slowly, yesterday I finished my first cryptic (Snape’s) with only a few morsels of guidance. A beaming smile in result! Hope to carry on, the tortoise to others hare!
    Thank you in advance for invaluable hints that will guide me to that smile 😉

  4. Anyone else find the new Telegraph Puzzles website a bit clunky to use?

    I often get half way through typing in a word and the cursor goes at a right angle and into another row or column. I wish there was an autosave as well.

    By comparison, and not something I often go to, the Guardian site is a much slicker experience although I don’t like the way the answer is just a click away – often too tempting!

  5. WRT prize cryptic crosswords: a few months ago Gazza pointed out to me that I had mistakenly printed a prize cryptic instead of the normal daily puzzle. On investigation I found that there are over 500 of these with a new one issued each Monday.

    These can be accessed on the DT website (which I now think is excellent BTW) via “all puzzles”, “all cryptics”, “prize puzzle” with the latest being no.536.

    They are of a similar nature to a Rufus or a Virgilius & I recommend them highly. Of course you all may be aware of them already & if so then please let me apologise for my ignorance.

    1. Every Monday on the DT website there are 3 Prize puzzles – Quick, Cryptic and General Knowledge.

      The easiest way to find them is by pressing the “Win Prizes” button.

      I haven’t won yet.

  6. Thanks for the pics in the gallery, you all look well though there are some I don’t recognise. Wish I could have joined you all.

  7. Hi,
    Is there a problem with the Contact form? I’m getting “There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.”
    I’m using an iPad.

  8. I’ve just recently discovered your amazing site; I love it, and am in awe of your dedication and brilliance! I’ve been doing cryptic crosswords all my adult life (i.e. since the 60s) and am reasonably OK at them, but always learning. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource.

  9. Puzzle 28894 seems to have some display issues on my Android phone. The answers run together as a single block of text and are not displayed individually. In addition, there doesn’t seem to be a place where I can make a comment specific to this puzzle so I am reduced to making a generic observation.

    You may wonder why I am waiting until now to make this comment. Well, out here in the colonies, the puzzles tend to arrive about six months after they were first published back in mother England.

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