Not the Saturday Prize Puzzles

Many solvers miss having a second cryptic puzzle to solve on Saturdays, which is why I created the “Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle” series. Here you will find puzzles from current published setters, like Anax, Elgar and Tim Moorey, through to lesser-known setters. The only criteria are that they should be enjoyable to solve and cleared for publication. One puzzle a week is offered – at midday on Saturday. There will be a post associated with each puzzle where you can say whatever you like (within reason).

There is an index to interactive versions of these puzzles on the Crossword Info site here.

001 A Puzzle by Anax 002 Odd One Out by Prolixic 003 Home in the North West by Radler 004 A Bonus Puzzle by Anax
005 A Puzzle by Prolixic 006 Air Travel by Radler 007 No, there’s no Bond theme! by Anax 008 A Puzzle by Prolixic
009 Spot the Links by Tilsit 010 Mixed Abilities by Radler 011 A Puzzle by Anax 012 A Puzzle by Prolixic
013 Superficial Cuts by Radler 014 A Puzzle by Prolixic & Tilsit 015 Going a bit Elgar by Anax 016 A Puzzle by Bufo
017 Dedication by Radler 018 A Puzzle byTim Moorey 019 A Puzzle by Prolixic 020 A Puzzle by Anax
021 A Puzzle by Biddle 022 First Offence by Radler 023 A Puzzle by Prolixic 024 A Puzzle by Anax
025 Solvers by Radler 026 A Puzzle by Anax 027 A Puzzle by Prolixic 028 A Puzzle by Bufo
029 Strains of Blue by Radler 030 A Puzzle by Prolixic 031 A Puzzle by Tilsit & Prolixic 032 A Puzzle by Anax
033 A Puzzle by Prolixic 034 A Puzzle by Bufo 035 A Puzzle by Biddle 036 A Puzzle by Prolixic
037 A Puzzle by Radler 038 A Puzzle by Chaz 039 A Puzzle by Prolixic 040 For Tilsit from Bufo
041 A Puzzle by Gazza 042 42 by Anax 043 Sloggers & Betters by Elgar 044 A Puzzle by Prolixic
045 A Puzzle by Isla 046 A Christmas Special by Prolixic 047 A Puzzle by Tilsit 048 A Puzzle by Qix
049 With thanks to… by Prolixic 050 Old Timers by Radler 051 A Puzzle by Qix 052 A Puzzle by Gazza
053 Tender Memories by Radler 054 A Puzzle by Prolixic 055 Hearsay by Radler 056 A Puzzle by Prolixic
057 A Puzzle by Qix 058 A Puzzle by Radler 059 Epics by Retiarius 060 A Puzzle by Prolixic
061 A Puzzle by Bufo 062 … and nonsense by Radler 063 A Puzzle by Prolixic 064 64 by Anax
065 Smoke And Mirrors by Radler 066 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 067 A Puzzle by Prolixic 068 Map by Elgar / Enigmatist
069 Menagerie by Radler 070 A Puzzle by Quaiteaux 071 A Puzzle by Boaz 072 A Puzzle by Prolixic
073 A Puzzle by Gazza 074 A Puzzle by Radler 075 A Puzzle by Boaz 076 A Puzzle by Prolixic
077 Rivals by Radler 078 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 079 A Puzzle by Gazza 080 A Puzzle by Prolixic
081 A Puzzle by Chaz 082 Box by Radler 083 A Puzzle by Boaz 084 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
085 A Puzzle by Prolixic 086 A Puzzle by Gazza 087 A Puzzle by Alchemi 088 A Puzzle by Radler
089 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 090 A Puzzle by Prolixic 091 A Puzzle by Gazza 092 Risqué by Radler
093 A Puzzle by Alchemi 094 A Puzzle by Chaz 095 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 096 A Puzzle by Prolixic
097 A Puzzle by Alchemi 098 A Puzzle by Radler 099 A Puzzle by Boaz 100 Happy Anniversary by Prolixic
101 A Puzzle by Gazza 102 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 103 A Puzzle by Alchemi 104 A Puzzle by Radler
105 A Puzzle by eXternal 106 A Puzzle by Omnia 107 A Puzzle by Prolixic 108 A Puzzle by Bufo
109 A Puzzle by Alchemi 110 A Puzzle by Isla 111 A Puzzle by Gazza 112 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
113 Eye Scream by Radler 114 A Puzzle by eXternal 115 Lonely, Single & Broke by Nina 116 A Puzzle by Donk
117 You’re my Favourite by Prolixic 118 Gold Run by Alchemi 119 A Puzzle by Commoner 120 A Puzzle by Radler
121 A Puzzle by Gazza 122 A Puzzle by Nina 123 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 124 A Puzzle by eXternal
125 A Puzzle by Prolixic 126 A Puzzle by Radler 127 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 128 Projected Glory by Alchemi
129 Heavens to Murgatroyd by Prolixic 130 A Puzzle by Radler 131 A Puzzle by Bufo 132 A Puzzle by eXternal
133 A Puzzle by Gazza 134 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 135 “Cryptic colleague yielded by One Across (4)” by Nimrod 136 A Puzzle by Gervase
137 Projected Glory II by Alchemi 138 A Puzzle by Prolixic 139 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 140 A Puzzle by Robi
141 A Puzzle by Gervase 142 Searchin’ by Radler 143 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 144 A Puzzle by Alchemi
145 A Puzzle by Gazza 146 A Puzzle by Prolixic 147 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 148 A Puzzle by eXternal
149 A Puzzle by Commoner 150 A Christmas Puzzle by Radler 151 A Puzzle by Alchemi 152 In Memoriam by Prolixic
153 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 154 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 155 Pieces of Eight by Radler 156 A Puzzle by Isla
157 A Puzzle by Prolixic 158 A Puzzle by Halcyon 159 Sarah & Nick’s Wedding by Enigmatist 160 A Puzzle by Alchemi
161 A Crossword by Bufo 162 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 163 A Puzzle by Radler 164 A Puzzle by Prolixic
165 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 166 A Puzzle by Gazza 167 1899 by Alchemi 168 A Puzzle by eXternal
169 Origin by Elgar 170 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 171 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 172 A Puzzle by Elgar
173 A Puzzle by Prolixic 174 A Puzzle by Toro 175 Centenaries by Alchemi 176 A Puzzle by Quaiteaux
177 Heroes by Radler 178 A Puzzle by Marley 179 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 180 A Puzzle by Vigo
181 A Puzzle by Prolixic 182 A Puzzle by Robi 183 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 184 A Puzzle by Gazza
185 A Puzzle by Alchemi 186 A Puzzle by Radler 187 A Puzzle by Toro 188 A Puzzle by Wiglaf
189 A Puzzle by Vigo 190 A Puzzle by Prolixic 191 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 192 A Puzzle by Alchemi
193 A Puzzle by Radler 194 A Puzzle by Omnia 195 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 196 A Puzzle by Vigo
197 A Puzzle by Prolixic 198 A Puzzle by Toro 199 A Puzzle by Gazza 200 A Jumbo Puzzle by Hydra
201 Chromatograph by Artix 202 A Puzzle by Alchemi 203 2013 Farewells by Radler 204 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
205 A Puzzle by Trailman 206 A Puzzle by Chaz 207 A Puzzle by Skipjack 208 A Puzzle by Wiglaf
209 A Puzzle by Halcyon 210 Birthday Puzzles by Prolixic
Puzzle A
Puzzle B
211 A Puzzle by Gazza 212 A Puzzle by Alchemi
213 Is it Really 20 Years? by Vigo 214 A Puzzle by Prolixic 215 A Puzzle by Bucko 216 A Puzzle by Wiglaf
217 Catastrophe! by Chalicea 218 A Puzzle by Alchemi 219 Happy Holidays! by Windsurfer 220 A Puzzle by Radler
221 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 222 A Puzzle by Vigo 223 S&B Derby 4 by Elgar 224 A Puzzle by Prolixic
225 A Puzzle by Alchemi 226 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 227 A Puzzle by Toro 228 A Puzzle by Radler
229 A Puzzle by Gazza 230 Alphabetical Doggerel by Hieroglyph 231 Soccer Team and Reserve by Chalicea 232 A Puzzle by Prolixic
233 A Puzzle by Skipjack 234 A Puzzle by Alchemi 235 A Puzzle by Gazza 236 Seasons in the Sun by Windsurfer
237 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 238 A Puzzle by Toro 239 A Puzzle by Prolixic 240 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
241 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 242 A Puzzle by Radler 243 A Puzzle by Gazza 244 A Puzzle by Alchemi
245 Non-alcoholic by Soup 246 Sloggers & Betters 7 by Elgar 247 An Alphabetical Puzzle by Hieroglyph 248 A Puzzle by Gazza
249 A Puzzle by Alchemi 250 A Puzzle by Radler 251 A Puzzle by Prolixic 252 A Puzzle by Wiglaf
253 A Puzzle by Skipjack 254 A Puzzle by Imsety 255 Pizza Festivale by Quattro Stagioni 256 Swan enclosure by Chalicea
257 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 258 Happy Birthday by Alchemi 259 What’ll it be? by Soup 260 A Puzzle by Prolixic
261 Now That’s Simple Pure Pleasure by Windsurfer 262 A Puzzle by Gazza 263 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 264 Sing a Song of Sixpence by Radler
265 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 266 A Puzzle by Imsety 267 A Puzzle by Prolixic 268 A Puzzle by Toro
269 A Puzzle by Vigo 270 Benson & Hedges? by Alchemi 271 More Than One Could Chew by Chalicea 272 Box Spanner by Windsurfer
273 A Puzzle by Gazza 274 A Puzzle by Wiglaf 275 Big Dave by Radler 276 Women’s Lib by Bufo
277 A Puzzle by Prolixic 278 Birds of a Feather by Vigo 279 A Puzzle by Alchemi 280 Last Rites of Spring by Windsurfer
281 A Puzzle by Gazza 282 A Puzzle by Radler 283 WI…F by Wiglaf 284 A Puzzle by Prolixic
285 Odds & Sods by Alchemi 286 Work, Work, Work by Soup 287 A Puzzle by Beet 288 Easier By Half by Wiglaf
289 A Puzzle by Knut 290 A Puzzle by Radler 291 Surgeons? by Shark 292 A Puzzle by Chalicea
293 A Puzzle by Alchemi 294 A Puzzle by Prolixic 295 A Puzzle by Radler 296 Brilliant by Shark
297 A Puzzle by Beet 298 S&B York 2015 by Elgar 299 An Alphabetical Puzzle by Hieroglyph 300 A Puzzle by Hydra
301 Crumpled Heap by Vigo 302 What Goes Up by Chalicea 303 A Puzzle by Prolixic 304 A Puzzle by Alchemi
305 A Puzzle by Gazza 306 Rowdy Dogs by Windsurfer 307 Christmas by Hydra 308 A Puzzle by Wiglaf
309 A Puzzle by Mitz 310 A Puzzle by Toro 311 A Puzzle by Radler 312 Celebration by Windsurfer
313 Birthday Puzzle by Prolixic 314 Cunningly Echoed by Chalicea 315 A Puzzle by Bufo 316 A Puzzle by Beet
317 A Puzzle by Alchemi 318 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 319 Snow Goose (before and after) by Dutch 320 A Puzzle by Imsety
321 Font by Vigo 322 A Puzzle by Radler 323 A Puzzle by Phibs 324 “Ale Here” by Elgar
325 Globetrotters by Maize 326 A Puzzle by Lohengrin 327 A Puzzle by Prolixic 328 A Puzzle by Windsurfer
329 A Puzzle by Gazza 330 An Alphabetical Puzzle by Knut 331 Stripey Horse (5) by Chalicea 332 A Puzzle by Beet
333 A Puzzle by Alchemi 334 Life’s a Gas by Hoskins 335 Thinking Laterally by Phibs 336 A Puzzle by Snape
337 A Puzzle by Prolixic 338 A Puzzle by Radler 339 Don’t Panic by Crucifer 340 A Puzzle by Chalicea
341 A Puzzle by Vigo 342 A Puzzle by Alchemi 343 A Puzzle by Maize 344 Run Down by Phibs
345 A Puzzle by Radler 346 A Puzzle by Hieroglyph 347 A Puzzle by Gazza 348 A Puzzle by Prolixic
349 Childhood Friends by Chalicea 350 A Puzzle by Maize 351 Meeting Points by Elgar 352 Colour Matches by Windsurfer
353 A Puzzle by Alchemi 354 A Puzzle by Snape 355 A Puzzle by Radler 356 A Puzzle by Silvanus
357 A Puzzle by Simon 358 A Puzzle by Prolixic 359 A Puzzle by Alchemi 360 Malin by Chalicea
361 A Puzzle by Imsety 362 A Puzzle by Knut 363 Apprentice USA by Vigo 364 Birthday Puzzles by
Prolixic and Windsurfer
365 A Puzzle by Snape 366 A Puzzle by Gazza 367 Regeneration by Phibs 368 “For Dutch” by Chalicea
369 A Puzzle by Radler 370 A Puzzle by Silvanus 371 A Puzzle by Alchemi 372 Days Out by Soup
373 Homesick Blues by Encota 374 Let Me Entertain You by Prolixic 375 A Puzzle by Drummond 376 Poor Sport by Chalicea
377 A Puzzle by Snape 378 A Puzzle by Hasslethymi 379 A Puzzle by Radler 380 A Puzzle by Silvanus
381 Beefsteak by Chalicea 382 Think by JollySwagman 383 A Puzzle by Drummond 384 A Puzzle by Radler
385 A Puzzle by Silvanus 386 387 388

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Other puzzles by Guest Setters

These are puzzles by guest setters that have been published elsewhere. You might like to enjoy these as well. Eighteen of the setters who appeared first in the NTSPP and Rookie series (indicated with * below) have gone on to have puzzles published in the National press.

Alchemi *

Alchemi has had puzzles published in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.

He had a regular fortnightly slot on the Cricinfo site, as Hemical.

He has also had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Anax

I’m sure that by now you all know that Anax’s puzzles are regularly published in The Times, The Independent (Anax), the Financial Times (Loroso) and, under the alias Elkamere, in the Telegraph Toughie series.

He also has a number of them on his Anax Crosswords site and on Alberich’s site.

Unexpected Bonus (16/04/2010) – interactive version or as a pdf

Artix

Artix is a regular setter in the Magpie and has also had one Listener and one EV (1095) published. He co-compiles with Chalicea as Nudnix, and with Chalicea and Ilver as Rasputin.

Beet *

Beet has had puzzles published in The Independent.

Bucko *

Bucko has had puzzles published in The Independent and on Alberich’s site..

Chalicea

Chalicea is a prolific compiler of verbal and numerical crosswords for the Listener, Inquisitor and EV series, in the Magpie, 1 Across, Crossword Magazine, on the Crossword Centre’s message board and in the new Crossnumbers Quarterly. She compiles the weekly competition crossword in the Farmers Guardian and compiles as Curmudgeon and Chalicea for the 3D Crossword Calendars, acting as their clue judge in the annual competition. She was crossword editor of ‘Geneva Lunch’ until it ceased to publish. She co-sets with other compilers as Rasputin (with Artix and Ilver), S.M.E.R.S.H. (a group of editors and setters), Bics (with Shark), Nudnix (with Artix) and Charismatix (with Samuel and Artix). She also, as one of the Numpties, writes a weekly Listener blog on Listen With Others. Of all the setting, vetting, test-solving and blogging that she does, she most enjoys the NTSPP because of the warm and constructive responses and the blog that appear immediately after publication.

Commoner *

Commoner has had puzzles published in The Independent on Sunday and a number of puzzles on his own site crypticcommoner.

Crucifer

Crucifer had a regular gig in a food writing magazine until it folded. He has also had a puzzle published on Alberich’s site

Donk *

Donk has had puzzles published in The Guardian (as Screw), The Independent ad The Independent on Sunday.

Dutch *

Dutch has had puzzles published in The Independent.

Encota *

Encota has set a Listener puzzle and Magpie puzzles.

eXternal *

eXternal has set Listener, Enigmatic Variations, Inquisitor and Independent puzzles, as ArteXlen, in the FT and as ProXima in the Telegraph Toughie series.

He has also set a Prize puzzle on Derek Harrison’s Crossword Centre.

Gervase

Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Halcyon

Halcyon has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Hieroglyph *

Hieroglyph has had an Inquisitor puzzle published as well as several puzzles in the Independent.

Hoskins *

Hoskins has had puzzles published in The Independent, The Magpie, 1Across and The NADFAS Review; as Talos he sets for The Times Literary Supplement; as Ned he sets general knowledge puzzles for The Sunday Herald; and under his own name, David McLean, he sets for the Sunday Times and contributes to The Church Times.

Knut

Knut has puzzles published in The Independent.

Lohengrin

Lohengrin has puzzles published in The Independent.

Maize *

Maize has had a puzzle published in The Independent.

Phibs

Phibs has set barred puzzles in the Enigmatic Variations (as Ranunculus) and Inquisitor series (as Triton), as well as the Magpie magazine (as Phylax).

Prolixic *

Prolixic has had puzzles published in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, as Kairos, and in the Church Times, as the Reverend Michael Callaghan.

Thus Spake Araucaria – interactive version

He has also had a puzzle published on Alberich’s site.

Qix

Qix has a puzzle published every Monday in the Glasgow Herald.

Quaiteaux

Quaiteaux has puzzles published in The Independent.

Radler *

Radler has had Inquisitor puzzles published.

He has also had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Shark

Shark has set Listener, Enigmatic Variations and Inquisitor puzzles.

Silvanus *

Silvanus has had puzzles published in The Independent.

Skipjack *

Skipjack has had an Inquisitor puzzle published, as Serpent.

Snape *

Snape has had puzzles published in The Independent as Eccles.

Soup *

Soup has had a Guardian Genius puzzle published and is the current editor of 1Across magazine.

Vigo *

Vigo has had puzzles published in the Independent.

Wiglaf

Wiglaf has had a puzzle published in the Independent and has set Listener, Enigmatic Variations and Inquisitor puzzles.

Windsurfer

Windsurfer has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site as Windsurfer and as Robi.


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Created 14 March 2012

Updated 24 June 2017


Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Robi / Windsurfer

Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Robi / Windsurfer

Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Robi / Windsurfer

Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.

Robi / Windsurfer

Gervase has had puzzles published on Alberich’s site.