Category : Crosswords

by Buzzers - 2 weeks ago

Crossword blog: is it OK to ‘cheat’ when solving puzzles?

Your ethical questions answered: can you use word-finders or ask friends or strangers in order to fill those final squares?One year ago, we reached out to anyone casually interested in cryptic crosswords and beckoned them to take up the perfect pande...

by Buzzers - 2 weeks ago

Azed slip No 2,543

1 Dr S. J. Shaw (Lancashire): Skins of Argentine ruminant, processed with currying after being tanned initially (anag. of outer and first letters, & lit.). Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 2 weeks ago

Annotated solutions for Prize 28,398

Follow the methodology behind Prize crossword 28,398* Tintin and members of his gang: Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, Snowy the dog and the Thompson Twins (Scotland Yard detectives) Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 3 weeks ago

Crossword roundup: the many meanings of 'PC'

New words for old things in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic cluesIn the sample clues below, the links take you to explainers from our beginners’ series. The setter’s name often links to an interview with him or her, in case you feel...

by Buzzers - 1 month ago

Cryptic crosswords for beginners: cryptic definitions

Our series for those tempted or daunted by cryptics discusses those times when setters say what they mean, even if they don’t mean what they say “How on earth do these things work?” is a reasonable question when faced with a cryptic clue. The answer...

by Buzzers - 1 month ago

Azed slip No 2,539

1 P. Jenkinson (Zollikon, Switzerland): When repairing frayed tapestry, I kno/w the snapped threads. Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 1 month ago

Annotated solutions for Genius 212

Follow the methodology behind Genius 212* 14 clues contain no definition of their solution; before entry in the grid, these solutions must be switched to another word connected to them all by ‘the’; their letter counts are for the original solutions....

by Buzzers - 2 months ago

Annotated solutions for Genius 211

Follow the methodology behind Genius 211* the wordplay in six clues contains a surplus Greek letter hidden in a word** in six other clues English equivalents of these six letters must be added to their wordplay the pairs involved are beta/B, eta/H,...

by Buzzers - 2 months ago

Azed slip No 2,534

1 C. J. Brougham: Balls start to weary a prince if lacking Cinderella (bottle + w a sher(if)). Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 2 months ago

Azed slip No 2,532

1 R. C. Teuton: Narrow chimney top (and a fat belly!) can lead to Santa getting caught out (pot + lat + S + anag.). Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 3 months ago

Annotated solutions for Genius 210

Follow the methodology behind Genius 210‘Tjyuffo tpmvujpot nvtu cf fodjqifsfe cfgpsf fousz jo uif hsje. Pof pg uiftf fousjft jt jojujbmmz bo bccsfwjbujpo’ is an instruction written in a Caesar cipher, where each letter is replaced by one the same dis...

by Buzzers - 7 years ago

Crosswords A-Z

AlgolAntoArachneAraucariaAudreusAusterAzedAzed slip Continue reading...

by Buzzers - 11 years ago

Frequently asked questions about theguardian.com/crosswords

Why do some crosswords look different to others on theguardian.com?Which crosswords are published online?How do I print a crossword?What happened to the PDF version of a crossword?Why can’t I view the crossword grid’s vertical lines on my print out?H...