Phil Rose's crossword pages
This set of web pages is very much experimental. It will
be expanded as time goes on
is a Usenet news group dedicated to the art of crosswords. If you are at
all interested in solving or creating crosswords or individual clues you
will be welcome here.
Four competitions are maintained for the netizens of rec.puzzles.crosswords.
Generally the winner of one competition is invited to set the next in that
particular thread. I have provided a copy of the most recent competition
in each thread together with the results of the previous one. Important
Notice I have taken the copies as they appear in the newsgroup
or in a mailing list. I may not always be able to keep
them as up-to-date as I would like. I acknowledge all original authorship
of these postings.
Araucaria Clueing Contest ACC
This is named after a crossword setter, whose contributions in the British
newspaper The Guardian are well
appreciated in this household. This is the most challenging of the contests.
Individual contests in this thread tend to be thematic these days.
Clue Writing Competition CWC
Normally two words are provided for which entrants are invited to set a
Collaborative Cryptic Crossword Constructors Championship
In this thread the host of each competition provides words that fill in
a further 3 lights in a standard 15x15 crossword. Contestants are then
invited to clue the words using different styles for each.
People's Clue Writing Competition PCWC
This thread of competitions provides everyone with a chance to play God.
Having solicited clues for a single word or phrase, the moderator then
asks for readers of the newsgroup to vote on the clues. The current competition
included here will be either the original competition word or the ballot
depending on the stage of the competition.
Usenet Crossword Publishing Project UCPP
This is dissimilar to the other competitions. Although each round is competitive
with points awarded for winners, runners-up and 'honourable mentions',
the aim is to create a 15x15 cryptic crossword, that can be published through-out
the English-speaking world. For further information visit this
site maintained by Michael Curl (aka Orlando - one of the Guardian's
James Lundon's mailing list
An enthusiastic individual, James A. Lundon, maintains a mailing list for
the competitions. If you wish to subscribe e-mail
him at email@example.com. James also maintains the FAQ
How to check that a word hasn't been used
The newsgroup FAQ provides a list of words used in each
competition. I have ordered this list alphabetically
so that it can be searched.
The newsgroup FAQ
The FAQ, Frequently asked questions document is available
main FAQ repository and there is an HTML
version of this FAQ maintained by Pete Mitchell, however this a large
document (> 100 kB). Micahel Curl has produced a structured version of
Where can I find on-line crosswords?
Various newspapers publish on-line crosswords: the following is a list
of those I've found. For various commercial reasons the newspapers prefer
links to their home pages as generally they like users to register. The
crosswords are easily found from there.
The Daily Telegraph,
published in the UK. Once you have registered you can bookmark the link
to the crossword page.
The Times (of London)
(News International), published in the UK. There are links down to both
the weekday newspaper and its stable mate, the Sunday Times. Again
the crossword page can be bookmarked once you have registered. The crossword
can be solved on-line using server-side software and a Java version is
available - but I haven't got Java enabled.
The Guardian do not publish
their crossword online, nor I believe do their Sunday associate The
Observer. I only publish their URL out of interest and maybe one day
The Irish Times, published
in the Republic of Ireland. I haven't attempted the crossword yet. Unfortunately
the URL of the crossword page varies with the edition (i.e. it has the
date in it). This newspaper does not require registration.
The Times (of New York),
published in the USA. I haven't been able to download this as they require
me to send my credit card number over the internet - which I won't, would
you? I am told this uses the AcrossLite software to solve on-line.
Herald (of Glasgow), published in the UK. This site is the electronic
version of the Scottish newspaper. Thanks to B.Tepper
for the URL.
Eye, a satirical magazine published in the UK. Again B.Tepper provided
me with the URL and warns... "This one is unique in that many of the
clues and answers are on the bawdy side. It also requires some knowledge
of British politics which makes it more difficult for an American (like
me)." I've had alook at it and it also requires a knowledge of the
in-jokes of the magazine.
The Scotsman, published
in the UK. There appears to be no registration required.
I would appreciate links of other newspapers who publish crosswords
and who have web sites. They needn't publish the crosswords on-line ...
These are a few I've come across or been advised of.
Michael Curl's Crossword
WebGuide, another collection of crossword links. Michael compiles
a number of crosswords for UK national newspapers. He also publishes a
monthly on-line crossword,
which he claims is of the same standard as the Guardian newspaper,
but more internationally accessible.
Puzzlemania, a publisher
of crosswords and puzzles have asked me to provide a link to their site.
In their words, Your source for educational, entertaining, fun, recreational,
interactive online/offline crossword puzzles, games and software for newspapers,
magazines, schools, colleges, companies and the general public.
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