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Crossword blog: a really, really hard puzzle

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Around these parts, we only occasionally mention the weekend puzzles without black squares; when we do, I usually advise that curious solvers should not be terror-stricken. I’d be lying, wel, if I said that they di...

Meet the crossword setter, Phi: ‘Each clue should be a little story’

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Phi has passed many milestones: 1,500 Independent puzzles; 300 in the BBC Music Magazine; 50 Listeners; 150 Inquisitors; 60 Enigmatic Variations. It’s about time we met the setter. Hello Phi. How has your approach cha...

Crossword roundup: arguing about the names of flowers

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In 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 like getting to know these people better. The Pa...

Crossword blog: a crossword can be 30 worlds in miniature

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A little sentence can hold a world. Four hundred years ago, Joe Moran tells us in First You Write A Sentence, “the average length of a sentence was forty-five words”. By Victorian times, it had fallen to the thirties...

Meet the crossword setter, plant scientist Soup: ‘A successful clue needs pith and, ideally, humour’

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The Guardian’s newest cryptic setter, Soup, has been setting puzzles in this paper’s extraordinary monthly Genius series since 2016; he also edits 1 Across magazine and contributes to the 3D Crossword Calendars. Let’s...

Crossword Council #4 – that’s not an anagram! It’s a letter bank …

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The Crossword Council is an occasional feature where we pretend to take ourselves overseriously and consider a potential item in the cryptic toolbox that might be workable – or not. This time, our subject is workable,...

‘I’ve outlasted them all’: the spectacular life of the world’s most powerful crossword editor

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Every day thousands of people vie to outsmart one man: Will Shortz, the New York Times’s crossword editor of almost three decades. Crossword fanatics – or “cruciverbalists”, in the parlance – must get their fix, and t...

Meet the crossword setter Anto – ‘I just had to get my street name back’

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Anto has been setting quiptics (including today’s) and cryptics for the Guardian since 2015, so we are well overdue a meeting … Hello! Why “Anto”?My pseudonym harks back to a disappointed childhood. I was christened A...

Crossword blog: a month of special weekend puzzles when it’s OK to phone a friend

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At the weekend, a different kind of crossword emerges. There are no black squares. The puzzles have titles. And there are actually instructions, because the answers are often not quite what you’ll be writing in the gr...

Meet the crossword setter Carpathian – ‘People say: you must be very clever’

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Carpathian has been setting cryptics and quiptics, web-only, cryptic puzzles for beginners and those in a hurry, for the Guardian since 2017 and Independent puzzles, as Vigo, sedert 2015. About time to Meet the Setter....

Crossword roundup: ‘fuchsia’ vs ‘fuschia’

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In 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 like getting to know these people better. Here’s...

Crossword roundup: does ‘albacore’ mean ‘the camel’?

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In 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 like getting to know these people better. This T...

Crossword roundup: the many meanings of ‘PC

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In 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 like getting to know these people better. Vlad o...