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The Times Daily Crosswords

The Times has a daily cryptic crossword (Monday to Saturday), with the Saturday puzzles being prize crosswords.

On Saturdays there is also a Prize Jumbo cryptic, similar in style to the daily puzzle but using a 23x23 grid.

The Times crossword has a tradition of anonymity - the setter is not indicated.

Times crosswords are available online to subscribers to the online newspaper via the Times Crossword Club. Subscribers have access to more than 9,000 puzzles from The Times and The Sunday Times. Member benefits include:

  • Interactive and printable versions
  • Listener, Mephisto and TLS puzzles
  • A searchable archive dating back to 2000
  • A daily Race-the-Clock challenge
  • A monthly clue-setting competition
  • Exclusive prize crosswords
  • Online entry for interactive prize puzzles
  • A Members' bulletin board

The Times crossword editor is Richard Rogan


Current Times Crossword Setters

Duggie Anderson

Paul Bringloe

Richard Browne

Michael Curl

Brian Greer

John Grimshaw

John Halpern

Sarah Hayes

Margaret Irvine

Niall MacSweeney

Don Manley

Tim Moorey

Roger Phillips

Richard Rogan

Allan Scott

Wadham Sutton

Former Times Crossword Setters

Edmund Akenhead

Joyce Cansfield

David Crossland

Bert Danher

Roy Dean

John Grant

Colin Gumbrell

John Henderson

Bob Hesketh

Mike Laws

Dean Mayer

Roger Squires

Mike Warburton

The Times Quick Cryptic

Introduced in March 2014, the Times Quick Cryptic puzzle appears five times a week, from Monday to Friday. The aim is to introduce new people to cryptic crosswords, and to encourage those solvers who would like to have a go at the main puzzle but feel daunted by it.

Unlike the setters of the main crossword, the setters of the Quick Cryptic are identified by pseudonyms. The current team of setters includes:

Breadman (Mike Warburton)

Felix (Richard Rogan)

Flamande (David Crossland)

Grumpy (Michael Curl)

Hawthorn (David Parfitt)

Hurley (Niall MacSweeney)

Izetti (Don Manley)

Joker (John Grimshaw)

Mara (John Halpern)

Orpheus (Wadham Sutton)

Pedro (Paul Henderson)

Rongo (Roger Phillips)

Teazel (Richard Browne)

Tracy (Allan Scott)

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