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RIP CluedUp

RIP CluedUp

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CluedUp is dead (as from next Tuesday), long live Telegraph Puzzles.

I received the following message yesterday on CluedUp:



Dear subscriber

As CluedUp is the puzzles website of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, we have decided to change our name to — roll of drums, please — Telegraph Puzzles!

At first, the only differences you will see are the name change and web address. But in the future we aim to bring you some of the other great puzzles that Telegraph readers enjoy every day in the newspaper.

In order for this name change to take place, CluedUp will undergo maintenance for one hour on Tuesday 19 October from 11am to 12pm midday. Users are advised to save any incomplete puzzles and log out before this time.

All changes will be completed within the one hour downtime on Tuesday. Subscriptions will remain the same, and users will NOT need to re-register to the service. Subscribers will access the website in exactly the same way as they do now.

In summary:

Maintenance: Tuesday 19 October
Downtime: 1 hour (11am – 12pm midday)
Changes: Name change and replacement of the Clued Up URL address ( with a new Telegraph Puzzles URL (

The new URL will only be valid after 12pm midday on Tuesday 19 October, after which time, you are advised to update the link if saved on your favourites.

We apologise for the interruption to the service. If you have any queries please contact our Customer Services, whose details can be found on the FAQ’s page.

Kind regards,

The CluedUp team.


I was somewhat underwhelmed by the announcement and I’m puzzled as to why a novel name like “CluedUp” should be replaced by the boringly anodyne “Telegraph Puzzles” – perhaps it’s so we can no longer refer to the site as ScrewedUp!!


6 comments on “RIP CluedUp

  1. Good lord, has no one at the Telegraph ‘CluedUp’ Crosswords got anything better to do? Don’t they realise old ladies don’t like their routine interrupted!

  2. Is it just me, or is CluedUp performing worse since the most recent upgrade/update/fix, which was only the other week. Although not having fallen foul of it myself, there is the six submits and you’re out – utterly pointless. The other day I tried to’buy’ a hint letter in a Toughie – it wouldn’t let me (Error 403 or something similar). I only do the Cryptic and not even every Toughie on there – no Sudoku, Quick or GK crosswords, so I suppose I under-use the facility. It causes enough irritation just at that level.
    Are they merely rebranding a bit of a duffer with many annoying bugs and faults so that it can no longer be referred to as ScrewedUp. I’m not anticipating any fixes or improvements, they’ve had plenty of opportunities already.

    1. Peter,
      If you are not interested in posting “fast solving times” or “accruing the most points”, then it works well enough. Basically all I do is print out the relevant crosswords in the morning and do them accordingly. Cryptic, followed by Quick at lunctime, and then a gentle tangle with the Toughie over the rest of the day whenever I can fit a few minutes in.

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