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I’m always delighted to hear from you if you have enjoyed my puzzles, and will share thoughts about life, crosswords and the world if you’d like to get in touch.

The Guardian

 

You can find all of my Guardian puzzles to print for yourself or to enjoy online by following the link to my Profile page on the left - here are some suggestions:

 

Boatman’s Beautiful Game

 

A Drunken Boatman

 

Watching the Detectives

 

Eleven of a Kind

 

Boatman’s Fresh Crop

 

Boatman’s Number’s Up

 

Boatman’s In Love

 

Boatman, as Forecast

 

Whatever Next for Boatman?

 

Spooky ...

 

Boatman Gets the Bird

 

Presidents on Parade

More history

 

1 Across magazine used to run a monthly clueing competition. Before I became a proper compiler, I used to enter and, from time to time, win. Here, for your entertainment, are just a few of my entries.

 

To enjoy the clues, you need to remember that Doc is editor Tom Johnson’s compiling pseudonym, and to know that the competition attracted new sponsorship from OUP, supplementing the long-standing support of Chambers.

 

Answers at the bottom of the page …

 

Perhaps Chamber’s & Co rather upset? (9)

 

Maniac reveals male organ for Doc (3,6)

 

Puzzling statement is to be expected at start of article (our editor’s, reportedly)  (7)

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.

 Stephen Sondheim

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Araucaria Araucana, the monkey puzzle, which inspired John Graham’s much-revered pseudonym

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1 Across magazine

Solutions to

1 Across clueing competition entries

 

ORCHESTRA

ONE ACROSS

PARADOX

Crossword Discussion Sites

 

You may enjoy paying a visit to some of these crossword-related websites:

 

Guardian Blog Alan Connor’s round-up and analysis of the best of the week’s cryptic crosswords in the Guardian and elsewhere

 

Fifteen Squared A band of dedicated solvers provide super-fast solutions for Guardian and other crosswords, featuring wise commentary and robust discussion

 

Crossword Unclued Intelligent discussion of clue types and conventions, including some more examples that you may recognise from my oeuvre

 

Best-for-Puzzles Who’s Who Well-researched compendium of, as it says, puzzling people

 

Big Dave Keeper of the unofficial Telegraph crossword blog, which may possibly be the world’s most popular crossword blogging site

 

Dave Tilley Provocative musings of blogger Tilsit

 

The Crossword Centre by Derek Harrison

 

EJ’s Crossword Showcase EJ is none other than Brummie and Cyclops. His website includes interesting examples of good and bad clueing, and links to more sites

 

David Astle The fearsomely fertile mind of DA

 

Paul Henderson who is Phi and many more

 

Google+ Sam Wilson’s Google+ group for news and discussion of matters cryptic

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Kaz’s excellent Crossword-solving classes

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Crossword Solving Tuition

 

I don’t teach how to solve crosswords, but I know a man who does … If you want to sharpen your skills, take a look at Kaz Pasiecznik’s excellent classes.

Cryptics by

Boatman

Bonus downloads

 

Here are a few older puzzles from my 1 Across archive. You’ll notice how the themes differ from my work for the Guardian—I’ll be interested to hear what you think of them.

 

Boys and Girls

 

Proverb

 

Where Are The Boatmen?

 

A Well-Known Pair

 

Salty Tales

 

Merry Christmas 2004

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Crossword Magazines

 

Sites dedicated to publishing interesting new work, and worth following whether you’re starting out as a setter or looking for new solving challengers:

 

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That Referendum Day Puzzle

 

If you missed the special puzzle by Boatman and Crew that was published online on Referendum Day, you can find the puzzle here and the solution and discussion here

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There’s a small contribution from me in Fred’s Shed, a delightful short film by Stephen Graves.