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The Times Crossword

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The Times Crossword

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The Times Crossword

“Confused” cites word smothers in case of leading puzzle (3,5,9)

England being a nation of keen cruciverbalists, a clue such as this shouldn’t present too much of a problem. The crossword made its first appearance in an American newspaper of 1913, in the form of a puzzle set by British-born journalist Arthur Wynne. Since then, it has taken the world – and especially our bit of it – by storm.

Whether in the form of the quick and (theoretically) easy definition type, the general knowledge teaser, or the infamous cryptic, the crossword has found a place in the nation’s hearts. Cryptic puzzles are a particular lure, challenging you to think yourself on to the setter’s wavelength, and untwist the fiendish puns and anagrams of which the clues are composed. In the top people’s newspaper, the cryptic puzzle has been brought to a pitch of perfection, so much so that speed in solving it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tom C? He writes dross, but not if he’s to solve this! (3,5,9)

Picture: The Times 2006  www.timesonline.co.uk


Your comments

Widely recognised as the one of the best crosswords in the world, and certainly the best known.

J. A. (Tony) Sever

I think it's cryptic crssowords in general we should propose. They are an icon of Englishness because: only the English language has so many words, so many with double meanings and so many plays on words to make cryptic crosswords possible.
Gerry Jackson

Done on the train, in a comfortable armchair at home, or as a family entertainment, the crossword has pervaded English life and we're all fond of sitting down to attempt the clues. If asked to bring up an image of the traditional English gentleman i would describe him sitting doing the daily crossword in the paper while smoking a pipe!
Claire Adams

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer