Crossword News September 2014


While our marker still has problems with his service provider I am sorry that I am unable to give statistics or comments on our August competitions.


In August we had two puzzles both by popular US setter Regson. Three of a Kind III was based on a theme that was quite alien to my general knowledge. However, for an online puzzle where all the solvers have access to Google this was totally fair.


Extra letters gave GRANTLAND RICE and FOUR HORSEMEN. This was enough to point to an article by Grantland Rice describing the surprising defeat of a strong Army team by Notre Dame. He titled it THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF NOTRE DAME and it began thus.


"Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below."


Three of the four key players were unclued in the grid. The fourth, Stuhldreher, was to be written below the grid.


A full solution can be found at

The winner was Gerry Murtagh who will soon be receiving a prize from Chambers.


Two?  by Regson was a carte blanche puzzle with a difference. It was possible to fit the answers into two square grids. Each word had to be entered twice. The words that were not clued were ENAMEL and TIPTOE.


There is a full solution at


The winner was Colin Eaglestone who will be receiving a prize donated by the Crossword Centre.


This month the Prize Puzzle is Sucker? by Bufo. You have until 8th October to send in your entry.


Next month the Prize Puzzle is Military Clobber by Chalicea.


Congratulations to Mark Goodliffe on his recent win in the Times Sudoku Championships. You can read of his success in this article. 


Many more Ximenes slips from 1951 have been added to the &lit site, including the first entry from Rev J G Graham. I really liked this one.

The taxi’s taking a b—— long time to reach the Savoy!


It only goes to show that Araucaria, for all his inventiveness, was a Ximenean at heart! (cab + b + age)


You can check them out at


There are still tickets available to see John Halpern, Paul in the Guardian, at the Nantwich Festival of Words and Music.!guardian-pauls-community-cross/cooe


Best wishes