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Cryptic Crosswords

Welcome to Cryptic Crosswords from Big Dave

On here you will find help and advice on solving cryptic crosswords together with a large collection of puzzles, including current and previous prize puzzles.
Why not start exploring right now?

Help with solving Crosswords

Big Dave’s Little Guide to Cryptic Crosswords how cryptic clues can be solved
The Pedant’s Guide to Crosswords gripes about errors found in crossword clues
The Usual Suspects elements commonly used in the wordplay of cryptic crosswords
Wolves in Sheep’s clothing words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious

Advice from Anax

Actually Setting – the anatomy of a crossword

From The Top – a start-to-finish story of setting a cryptic crossword puzzle

Cryptic Crosswords – The Rules

Advice from Peter Biddlecombe

Which books should I read? – a guide to crossword books

What cryptic solvers need to know – in one page

Monthly Prize Puzzles

Index

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzles

Index

Rookie Corner

An Index to the Rookie Corner puzzles

 

Puzzle Software

Download the software to run
Crossword Solver or AcrossLite

Smartphones and Tablets

Crosswords on the move – how to access crosswords by Prolixic

Crossword Workshops

Tim Moorey’s Crossword Workshops

 


Created 17th February 2010

Updated 14th April 2014