He may therefore have learned the codenames from a loose-tongued friend, and inserted them into a series of puzzles as some sort of insider joke. I would play truant from school to visit the camp and I used to spend evenings with them and even whole weekends there, dressed in my Army cadet uniform,’ French added. At the time, he was the headmaster of The Strand, a school in Tulse Hill, South London, that had been evacuated to Surrey. So deep is the mystery surrounding these that the brightest minds at GCHQ, which puts out its own codebreaking challenge every Christmas — the latest of which was published in the Mail last week — has failed to get to the bottom of it… despite decades of trying. “The first British crossword appeared in Pearson’s Magazine in 1922. The publisher Simon & Schuster began by selling the first crossword book in 1924.
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It was an intriguing version of events, and the BBC even made a film based on French’s revelation. It was called The Mountain And The Molehill and was broadcast in 1989. Although he could not recall writing the actual words into a puzzle, French did remember the consequences.
When Rachael solved the final clue Edward whipped out a ring and proposed. Sociologist Edward sat down with teacher Rachael to complete their weekly puzzle together. The crossword was printed in the Eastern Daily Press on the couple’s seven-year anniversary. The first stage of Emma Raducanu’s comeback came to a dramatic end in the second round of the Australian Open.
- The most traditional of these, and the one with the strongest British flavour – with its mixture of cricket and carols, pantomime and parliament – is the Christmas cryptic crossword.
- Would be CAIN, referring to both failed presidential candidate Herman and the biblical brother of Abel.
- Also, remember that once you’ve hit submit you can’t edit the post, so do re-read it to make sure you haven’t repeated yourself or made the type of error which the pedants here will jump on.
- And in May it attempted to remove the word “fetus” from the Wordle word list (with only partial success) shortly after a Supreme Court draft ruling was leaked, revealing Roe v Wade was to be overturned.
- The chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale has apologised after its Derby branch used the word “Negro” as a clue in one of its crosswords.
For the past few months, he has been heading up a crossword roadshow in which he helps communities compile their own puzzles based around their love for their local area. TO some they are an amusing past-time, while to others they are totally impenetrable. But one person who understands cryptic crosswords inside-out is Sarah Hayes, a Burnage grandma-of-two who creates them for national newspapers including The Guardian. Indeed, such was its success that (while other compilers also played their part), Dawe is regarded to this day as the man who popularised what we now call ‘cryptic crosswords’.
It involved the so-called ‘cross-word puzzle’, an American novelty which had recently crossed the Atlantic and was proving a huge hit with readers of popular newspapers. If you plan to spend a portion of Christmas curled up on a warm sofa pondering that day’s crossword puzzle, then you owe at least a small vote of thanks to a man called Leonard Dawe. “The puzzles took off all over the US, like sudoko today, taking on a life of their own and were refined by other people with cryptic clues.
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These types of clues are the holy grail of the crossword enthusiast, requiring exceptional craftiness from the setter. A Reddit user called Thunder_Child_209 noticed that the Guardian ran a crossword set my Sphinx – the name of a compiler Pemberton played Inside No 9, which contained a hidden message relevant to the show. For another thing, solvers are helped by knowing that there may well be lots of Christmas-themed clues. Or a more elaborate puzzle might have a line from a well-known carol around its outer edge, giving an aid to completion, once this has been understood. “Some of the best Christmas crossword clues are like Christmas cracker riddles,” says Phil McNeill, the Telegraph’s crossword editor, “except hopefully not quite as corny.”
- ‘Schedules in notes a Tory held back’.(5) ‘Held’ suggests a hidden word, and ‘back’ suggests reversal of the words.
- The couple’s Scottish tour comes ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, set to begin on Thursday, June 2 with the Queen’s birthday parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for 260 years.
- The latest of these events resulted in him curating an exclusive crossword for today’s Metro.
- It used to be…Just up the road from where I live in north London is a theatre called the Kiln.
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That The New York Times would run a fellowship to diversify what kind of people make crossword puzzles may raise eyebrows among some of the paper’s critics, but it has a commercial logic. The New York Times is not the only news provider investing in games. Last year The Sunday Telegraph revamped its weekend print package to add what it said was “Britain’s biggest weekly puzzles section”, and this week The Telegraph launched a new dedicated puzzles app. The Guardian, a generally unpaywalled digital product, offers a paid puzzle app that costs £3.49 a month.
- “Performance was consistently better in those who reported engaging in puzzles, and generally improved incrementally with the frequency of puzzle use.
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- “I can do normal crosswords, but I’ve never been able to do the cryptic ones. I just don’t know what the clues are talking about – this course seemed like a fun option.”
- Cracking it involves spotting which part of the phrase gives a straightforward definition of the answer.
- “The first British crossword appeared in Pearson’s Magazine in 1922.
- If you don’t have a printer, we’re happy for you to simply write out the solution (as 1 down, 7 across, etc…) and send that instead.
A towering, living tree sculpture will be lit and projections cast on to the front of the palace to highlight the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes. Edward had the ring ready for that moment, and the moment Rachel completed the crossword he officially popped the question. Rachael had no clue it was coming, sitting down to do her weekly crossword with no suspicion of what was coming. Edward and Rachael regularly play crosswords together, so using one to propose made perfect sense. 6d did throw up an opportunity to use a Dylan song with the longer word in but I am not heartless and will spare you.
For a start, many clues dispense with the definition/wordplay format and go for a pun. “I can do normal crosswords, but I’ve never been able to do the cryptic ones. I just don’t know what the clues are talking about – this course seemed like a fun option.” Sixth formers at Manchester Grammar School are studying cruciverbalism alongside A-level subjects. Hatred (six letters, ‘dislike of crossword compiler’) might seem like a strong emotion to direct at someone who has made a puzzle for you to enjoy on your morning compute, but crosswords can, um, make people cross.
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But few have caused as much head-scratching as a series that hit newsstands at the height of World War II. An exceptional footballer, who played for both Southampton and England’s amateur team before World War I, Dawe had settled down to life as a science teacher at St Paul’s School in London when, in 1925, he landed a part-time second job at The Daily Telegraph. ‘But I started off with a grid in excel and I was sticking in letters and black squares to make the crossword.
A number of people have been kind enough to say that they enjoyed doing the cryptic crosswords that I produce for The Village Magazine. However many of them go on to say that they can usually only solve a few of the clues! So I thought it might help if I put down a few notes and suggestions that may help readers solve more (or even all!) of the clues.
The Christmas break allows British families time for play, which some may choose to spend around a board game; others turn to the fiesta of puzzles in their newspaper. ‘I tend to wander down the street and start playing with road signs and things like that, jumbling the words up and seeing words backwards and finding hidden things or anagrams – I’ve done it ever since I was a kid,’ he said. Playing puzzles is a great way of saying failure is okay actually, failure is just the next step on the way to success and you’re not stupid and you are completely capable.
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