Crossword and quiz links

Crosswords — mainly the cryptic variety — and quizzes are among my passions outside work.

Fifteensquared

Daily blogs of puzzles in the Guardian, Independent (including the Inquisitor puzzle in the i), FT and Private Eye

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

Daily blogs of puzzles in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, plus an exclusive puzzle every week

Times for the Times

Daily blogs of puzzles in The Times

The Crossword Centre on Facebook

Crossword news, and a special prize puzzle every month

Crossword events calendar

A regularly updated diary of social and other events for cruciverbalists. Unless otherwise stated, these are open to anyone who loves crosswords and would like to get together with like-minded obsessives. Solvers, setters and bloggers are all welcome.

The Cruciverbalists on Hive Minds

Winners of the 2016 Qi–Guardian Christmas Quiz... The Enigmaticals!

The Quiz from the Listener Crossword Dinner 2019

This quiz — entitled ‘Calmness Personified’ — was part of the entertainment at the dinner for Listener Crossword setters and solvers, held At York Racecourse in March 2019.

Teams should write their answers on the Master Answer Sheet.

Big Dave — 10 Glorious Years

A special presentation of a puzzle to commemorate the 10th birthday of Big Dave’s site, featuring all the bloggers.

York Sloggers & Betters puzzle 2018

A special crossword set by Elgar (aka Enigmatist, Nimrod, Io) — challenging, but much enjoyed, with a great PDM (that’s the penny-drop moment, in case you didn’t know).

For an explanation and solution, go to crypticsue’s blog on Big Dave‘s site.

What is a PDM?

To find out more about these “Aha!” moments which mean so much to crossword solvers, read this article by Kathryn Friedlander and Philip Fine, in Frontiers in Psychology.

York Sloggers & Betters Quiz 2018

Questions set by Enigmatist

This is the quiz which took place on Friday 26 October. The quiz route took in five pubs, with questions revealed successively at each one — two new questions per pub. The question sheet here is from the final pub, with the full set of questions. Each team will need an answer sheet.

If you want to run this quiz on the same basis — for charity, of course — get in touch via the Contact page.

The quiz from the 2018 Listener Crossword Dinner
Questions set by Enigmatist
This quiz — entitled ‘Absent Friends’ — was part of the entertainment at the dinner for Listener Crossword setters and solvers, held in Paris in March 2018.

Teams should write their answers on the Master Answer Sheet.

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